What’s on Tap for Wednesday, July 9

The Mets (41-49) continue their four-game series with the Braves (49-41) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA) is expected to be activated from the disabled list and start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA) for Atlanta.


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In case you missed it…


The Mets erupted for a season-high 18 hits to beat the Braves on Tuesday at Citi Field. It was their 4,000th win in franchise history>> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


In advance of Dillon Gee‘s expected activation from the disabled list, the Mets optioned Gonzalez Germen to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday’s win.


Jenrry Mejia, who said his arm is getting tired, was given Tuesday night off >> Read more at MetsBlog


Jeremy Hefner threw live batting practice on Tuesday, and expects to see game action on Saturday. That would mark Hefner’s first time pitching in a game since he underwent Tommy John surgery last August.




52 comments
Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Watching the Braves one steady pitcher look totally discombobulated was priceless.

michael b mchugh
michael b mchugh

keep the lineup as it was last night. young lost his chance for everyday at bats when he couldn't perform. done.

i want to see a consistent lineup. i remember the days in teh 80's when you were accustomed to who was batting where.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

45 years ago tonight 7-9-69 Tom Seaver threw his imperfect game 1 hitter against the Cubs.  Just in case anyone cares.

John Boccio
John Boccio

Wilmer's stock is high in Vegas right now. If you package him with Syndergaard, Wheeler or Montero, that can land us CarGo. Insert CarGo into this lineup right now to take pressure off Wright and Grandy, and we are in serious contention for the division. If we lose Wheeler in the deal then we can easily keep Dice-K starting or call up the other of who didn't get traded.

How much do you guys want to win? Our focus should be POWER, we can live with Ruben at SS if we get that fixed. And as many of you have said, keep playing EYJ/Kirk in LF to keep CY off the field.

Side note- Does CY have any value for a pitcher with equal/similar salary who is underperforming elsewhere? Like we trade our garbage for yours and hope for a change-of-scenery affect...

bleck319
bleck319

People more useless than the Wilpons: ESPN NBA analysts

They know as much as we do about where any major free agent is going to sign.

Kid Met
Kid Met

Da, can the Mets still make the playoffs this year?

Andrew Pasquale
Andrew Pasquale

Just finish strong. That's all I want to see from this team. Finish the last 50 games at 30-20...sign some bats this off season and let's get rocking for 2015.

owlnut
owlnut

Based on the last 5 games, what is Alderson going to do? Buyer or seller?

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

Wow, the Mets actually have looked like a good team the past few games.  I'm not getting my hopes up but a few things are certainly helping this team out.  d'Arnaud finally hitting is a big plus because that back end of the lineup is not as exposed with him back there.  Granderson is hitting no matter where he is.  Chris Young out of the lineup also helps.  And while there have been minor tweaks here and there Terry has not made drastic changes to the lineup from night to night.

Andrew Fraraccio
Andrew Fraraccio

I am waiting for that right track wrong track to make an appearance now

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Does give you hope when you see how deGrom has battled here. Considering how inexperienced he is as a pitcher, he could be a good one. Assuming (big assumption I know) the Harvey, Wheeler, deGrom, Syndergaard power rotation could be pretty good.


joe21
joe21

Given the current state of affairs, I am leaning towards doing little or nothing at the trade deadline. Maybe move Colon for something useful in the high minors (perfect statement from Sandy last week that there are no long term projects for talent). Murphy is not going anywhere this year because SA/TC need his production to remain respectful and time to flip is next year at trade deadline to see if internal candidates (Herrara, Reynolds or even Flores) can replace mid year 2015. Hold onto all crown jewels, let the progression for Thor, deGrom, Montero and Matz continue, not to mention some of the talent nearing AAA. this will allow them more opportunity to evaluate holes that can be filled internally and build trade value for a pretty significant pool of talent moving through the minors. The Big Bat may or may not get us to the playoffs this year (not likely) but could probably be acquired in the off-season. you fill short term needs at the break and fill long term needs in the off-season. Stand pat on existing talent until the off-season and move Colon if you can take advantage of other teams short term needs.

Patrick Eiland
Patrick Eiland

Come on Amazins.. lets at least take 3 from this guys!

hankypanky
hankypanky

Yeah, and I remember fans muttering about the lack of offense that the Mets displayed that season, saying that they didn't deserve such a good pitching staff. Sound familiar?

owlnut
owlnut

@brrrandooo Duda is hitting better but his feet are still stuck in cement.

metmike
metmike

@John Boccio Cargo is not the answer you're looking for.  He's hitting .184 away from Coors.  Last 3 years, he's a .804 OPS away from Coors & .997 at Coors. 

metmike
metmike

@John Boccio Look at Cargo's stats.  Not good.  Hitting .184 away from Coors field.  Last 3 years, .804 OPS away from Coors and .997 at home.  Cargo is not the answer.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@John Boccio Maybe it's just me but I wouldn't touch Cargo. To me how much of his production is due to the ballpark? This year alone hitting a pedestrian .255 overall but .354 in Coors field. He to me is a nightmare to happen in Citifield.

Do we really want to give up all that talent and money to get locked in to a guy hitting .184 away from that ballpark?

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

@Kid Met Can the Mets still make the playoffs?  Let's see what the great Crystal ball says:


Creestal ball say Mets go 44-28 the rest of the way to finish at 85-77, which will be good enough to earn the second wildcard spot!  And once in the playoffs, anything can happen!

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Andrew Pasquale they are not going to end the year 10 games over .500 with various teams struggling for playoff spots.  Pretty sure. 

bleck319
bleck319

He should be both and do what is best for the long-term interests of the team.

If he can trade Colon for a great prospect, he should do it.

And if he can trade one or two young pitchers for a power bat, he should do it.

He does not necessarily have to be a buyer to improve the team this year, but should to improve the team for the future.

tullydew
tullydew

What does the last 5 games have to do w/ decisions moving forward? Do you now think the Mets are going to make the playoffs? If the answer is no, you sell and improve the team for 2015 and beyond.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@Chad Michael  With the pitching we have, all we need is some consistant hitting with RISP. The defense is good enough but the baserunning could be better. When the bats don't produce everything else that goes wrong gets magnified.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Chad Michael I've never been a big advocate for Kirk but the guy has done everything you've asked of him. I have to admit it's gotten to the point where he needs to be given the chance to play. Throw him out in LF and let him go. If you want to sit him occasionally against lefties for Campbell. 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@joe21 i still think he signed Colon to the deal he did, backloading next years money by 2M with the intent of moving him either this deadline or in the offseason. And I could see them moving Murphy also thinking to use the 9M he'll likely make in arbitration to upgrade his SS position. Because then Murph will end up signing north of 10M as a contract extension

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

First two wins mean nothing unless they do and really need to take all 4 if they want to tease us yet once again.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@hankypanky  Very true. Unfortunately, as good as the pitching has been, this team doesn't have anyone resembling Seaver or Koosman.

John Boccio
John Boccio

Valid point, I thought he was doing better this year. Is there any other power bat we could get who is worth parting with one of the pitchers? Especially one we can sign long-term? CarGo is the only name that comes to mind easily. I don't know what other basement dwellers have a talent like that we can steal.

I am just not sold on trading one of those assets for Castro because Ruben gets hot at some good moments. I'm hoping Ruben just needs continuous playing time to stay decent since he is so young also.

theglider
theglider

Campbell plays first against lefties. The outfield should be Granderson,Lagares and a mix of Nieuwenhuis/EY in left. EY gives us base stealing and can play against lefties.

joe21
joe21

@Tarheel11 @joe21  if you move him mid year next year (he will always have some value to a competing team who needs a bat, esp LH) and replace him internally, it is only like $6M and he could bring a nice return. I think Colon goes this year because there are a lot of short term needs for arms and a low inventory. he is an attractive piece right now, he could probably bring back high end prospect in AA/AAA.


deGrom is likely to hit innings limit, so it would be nice to see Thor put a string together to take his spot in Sept. if not him, then the Mets get a look at Hefner. Next year, the Mets get their Ace, Closer and maybe one of the better long man in Hefner. if they sit tight, they will be in a great position going into off season

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Steve Finelli Very true. Taking three only makes up two games and the hole was very big. Would be typical Met's to sweep and then get swept by Miami

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@Pete Brilvitch @hankypanky  True. Harvey has a real shot at being Seaver like. I just hope he comes back healthy. This pitching staff is pretty deep like the one in 1969 if you look at it closely.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Agreed. Maybe we'll be proven wrong in the not too distant future.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Good point about Tejada's youth, which a lot of people forget.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@John Boccio I hear ya. I'm not so sure where to turn. I think that's why the Cubans have been so desired, because they only cost money.

I'm not sold on Castro either, depending on the price. He's an upgrade over Tejada for sure but I hate giving up kids like a Wheeler or a deGrom unless we are getting a legit big bopper. Probably not realistic on my part though!

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@joe21 @Tarheel11 I agree about Colon. I would be shocked if he wasn't traded this year, unless he starts tanking it. 

But Murphy's dollars are tough on this team. 5.7M this year and roughly 9M next year with our budget and needs is tough to handle. 

joe21
joe21

@Tarheel11 @theglider  too bad Puello didn't keep up from last year, had he been mashing, he could have been the perfect call up to platoon with Kirk. both have speed and pop, not to mention can play CF in a pinch

metmike
metmike

@Tarheel11 @joe21 I agree. And as well as Murphy has hit, he 's still a 13HR 65 RBI player.  Flores or Campbell could give you that a lot cheaper.

joe21
joe21

@Tarheel11 @joe21  with the offense just perking up, I think that they need to keep his bat for the rest of the year to stay out of the cellar. his Arb next year is a bit steep, but there is room in the budget for next year Arb raises. they cant afford to extend him, but I think they can afford him for 4 months, which would be $6M and a decent return in low cost talent. I think the budget is currently constructed in anticipation of steady payroll increases from Arb over the next 5 years and also raises to backend contracts. without moving salary, the Mets are probably going to look at $10M a year in addt salary over next 5.


The DePodesta model is to create redundant inventory at all levels of the minors, so that you can swap out talent before extending. from that standpoint, they are well on their way to doing that on all their minor league levels

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@joe21 @Tarheel11 You are much more optimistic about their finances than I am! 

Considering the only two contracts coming off this year are CY and Dice K they're gaining only 8.7M in flexibility. Add in Colon's, Niese, and Grandy escalators that eats up 7M of that.

Let alone the arb increases for Murphy, Gee,Duda, Meija, EY, Tejada, etc that's probably going to be 10-15M increase right there. So either they move some payroll or they are going to have a 10M+ increase in payroll next year. And I have no faith at all that they can afford to do that or even will. 

Let alone the 600M nut that they owe on SNY next summer that no one is talking about. 


joe21
joe21

@Tarheel11 @joe21  I think this is why Sandy hasn't doled out the big bucks because he knows the raises are coming. if the Mets kept everyone (and extended Murphy) their payroll could climb to $120 in three years without adding a player. I think Colon goes this year, Gee, Murphy and maybe even Niese go next year if Matz is ready to replace. if Colon and Young are gone next year, that will cover Abr and raises. Move Murphy and Gee next year and you cover Arb and raises the following years. I think the money gets spent outside once some of these escalating contracts are moved. Even Tejada/Duda will be getting raises