What’s on Tap for Wednesday, June 18

The Mets look to avoid a three-game sweep when they face the Cardinals in St. Louis on Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. ET.

Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16 ERA) for St. Louis.


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In case you missed it…

Last night in St. Louis, the Mets played sloppy defense and struggled again with runners in scoring position as they lost to the Cardinals, 5-2 >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins is not to blame for the Mets’ poor record >> Read more at MetsBlog


Triple-A RHP Jeff Walters underwent Tommy John surgery. He’ll miss the remainder of the season.




110 comments
Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

The nose dive continues this afternoon as All-Stars DUDA, TEJEDA, CY, RECKER and GRANDERSON take the field.

Joseph DeFazio
Joseph DeFazio

What is worse about all this is the division is wide open this year. We could of made a realistic run at it, had we acquired some actual talent in the off-season. Oh well, same old Mets. 

virgilio sosa
virgilio sosa

TERRY COLLINS only good for pick the foul balls,bats,shoes and clean loockers of the dogouts of the ny mets

hotfoot15
hotfoot15

This is so f*cking pathetic.  All we needed to be this year was not terrbile and we would be right in the mix for the division.  The bar could not be set any more low unless you were in a conga line at a stripper's birthday party.  Yet somehow we are worse than that worst team in MLB.

Tormented Mets Fan
Tormented Mets Fan

Sandy: "it's not Terry's fault our record is so bad"

Must be the fans!

cpamerica5
cpamerica5

2015 Free Agent 1B and SS from MLBTradeRumors:

First Basemen

Yuniesky Betancourt (33)
Billy Butler (29) – $12.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Michael Cuddyer (36)
Corey Hart (33)
Adam LaRoche (35) – $15MM mutual option with a $2MM buyout
Adam Lind (31) – $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout
Mike Morse (33)
Carlos Pena (37)
Ty Wigginton (37)
Kevin Youkilis (36)

Shortstops

Mike Aviles (34) – $3.5MM club option with a $250k buyout
Clint Barmes (36)
Asdrubal Cabrera (29)
Stephen Drew (32)
Rafael Furcal (37)
Tyler Greene (31)
J.J. Hardy (32)
Jed Lowrie (31)
John McDonald (40)
Hiroyuki Nakajima (32) – $5.5MM club option with a $500K buyout
Nick Punto (37) – club/vesting option
Hanley Ramirez (31)
Jimmy Rollins (36) – vesting/club/player option

Whadyya Think???

I'm not nuts about the first basemen. No franchise changers available. I would take D-Wright's father figure, Michael Cuddyer, as a stop gap as long as he's healthy. He's out with a fractured shoulder right now. I wouldn't mind JJ Hardy, obviously Hanley as well. That would require spending though. If no trades are made this year to fill SS and Wilmer doesn't become Cal Ripken Jr, we better scoop someone up next year and I think we will.

jonlga
jonlga

Every move is being made to save money. What does that tell you?

This is a mess the Wilpons made. After all it's their money, not Alderson's. His sole purpose is to save them financially. The team is secondary to that.

drmetfan
drmetfan

What's on tap for today? Another loss. That's what's on tap. Can't wait for the trading deadline to see who gets shipped out. 

virgilio sosa
virgilio sosa

TODAY the Mets will loose another series,how many they loose in a row, 4

cpamerica5
cpamerica5

We need Fernando Tatis back!! hahaa

Straw18
Straw18

Lucas Duda......another meaningless HR......and a terrible first base....should have had those grounders down the line.....he's a like a large falling tree....takes him forever to get low to the ground.... 

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

Can we all agree that the 1979 Mets (63-99 final record) was a horrible team?  After 71 games, they were 31-40.  Guess what, the Mets current record is 31-40.

'Nuff said!!!

virgilio sosa
virgilio sosa

the other day TC let D'grom pitching till 89 balls,thatbwas the four inning.Them he let him pitching for more runs to score,TCwan the Mets loose games.the cardenals them score 4 more runs,the game was 4-1,at that time he can do sonthing but he dint ,he let the cardenals score two more runs to sink the Mets.thats TERRY COLLINS job let the Mets loose

cver
cver

This has been horrible.  I'll say this though - I just looked through Murphy's fielding stats these last years and they are probably worse than I thought.  He's in or near the bottom in many categories.  That said, he's one of our best, if not our best hitter.  He is tired right now and badly needs a day off, even though our offense can't afford it.  This is an explanation, I think possibly, for why he's particularly bad right now with the glove and the baserunning.  As far as Niese, he's done an excellent job, considering he is pitching injured the whole time.  Hard to believe.  I wonder if he will be trade bait.

virgilio sosa
virgilio sosa

THE NEW YORK METS ARE IN THE BASEMANT ,and they will be there for the rest of the season with Terry Collins as manager.Fired him today not tomorrow,thanks

virgilio sosa
virgilio sosa

FIRED TC inmidiatly MR> Sandy Alderson,dont  wait any more longer please,the season is not over jet,thanks

nykjw2
nykjw2

Fact is the Wilpon's lost $500 million in the Madoff mess. That money funded everything to do with the Mets. That's why they did crazy things like deferring money (ie., Bobby Bonilla 25 years at $1 million per) --- beause they made more from the "interest" that Madoff produced (and did you know....the Wilpons got caught up in not one, but TWO ponzi schemes).

When Madoff got busted the Wilpons had no clothes. They can't afford to run the team anymore (except on a shoe-string budget) but they have their buddy Selig in their corner. However, Selig is retiring and maybe the next commissioner will put the pressure on them.

Until then, don't expect the payroll to go up.

jonlga
jonlga

There are, perhaps, 6 major league caliber players on this team.

dave42
dave42

@cpamerica5  I think there is one potential all-star at any position - Hanley Ramirez.  Think the Mets will be the high bidder for him?  The bigger problem is that this is the state of baseball now.  Most teams are signing their good young players to long-term contracts.  Guys like Posey, Votto, Longoria, Singleton, Tulo, Cargo who used to hit the free agent market are staying put. 


Given that, we need to trade for help, or go sign a Cuban slugger.  I'd like to see the Mets go get either Profar or Rizzo or both. 

tullydew
tullydew

The problem is w/ Jeter retiring the Yankees will be shopping for a SS. We won't/can't outbid them.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@drmetfan Prediction: Murphy goes to the AL to be a DH. What will the Mets get in return? Jeez I wonder....


More f'n worthless prospects!!!!!!!!!!!!

1harris1
1harris1

To be fair, they won 2 out of 3 against SD over the weekend so they haven't lost 4 series in a row, but..............

dave42
dave42

@Father Dooley  I think the difference is this year's team has more good players (Wright and Granderson in particular) and more absolute zeros (take your pick - Young, Young, Tejada, catcher).  The good news is, it should be easier (for a normal team) to fill in the zeros with decent players and suddenly look like a real ball club. 


We are a lot closer to worst record in baseball than to a playoff spot right now.  At least last year we had Harvey every fifth day.  This year's squad is a good excuse to work on my golf game. 

1harris1
1harris1

Ha! This team is bad, but not as bad (or hopeless) as the '79 bunch was.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera

no, the worst is yet to come. This is team is horrible, listless with no heart

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

Not sure you can get much lower than this.  But don't worry:

More prospects are on the way!!!

dave42
dave42

@virgilio sosa  can't believe I'm defending Collins, but the bullpen was spent.  the mets needed length out of deGrom.  Sometimes, as Davey Johnson would tell you, there's a game you're just not going to win.  The best teams lose 60+ games and the worst win at least (usually) 60+ games.  It's the other 42 games that matter.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Murphy is not known for his glove. He's an offensive player. Mets have to make a decision if they can live with that.

jonlga
jonlga

Get a clue, please.

hankypanky
hankypanky

More importantly, DON'T expect them to sell.

jonlga
jonlga

Yet you wonder why this team has AAA talent? The owners have no money to spend and that's reflected in the product.

cpamerica5
cpamerica5

@dave42 @cpamerica5 I agree Dave42, the Cuban route has paid huge dividends recently in Chapman, Abreu and Cespedes. You're also right about the franchise bats being locked up. We have to deal from a position of strength with another teams position of strength. With Plawecki tearing it up and being we have D'arnaud (fingers crossed), we can trade one of them. We can also squeeze a pitcher out of our system as a chip.

Straw18
Straw18

@Steven Matregrano Thanks for the name calling....shows your intelligence....just offering my opinion......batting .240 is not really good in my opinion but if you are okay with this then great

Yea, but we only need 59 more victories to reach 90!  We will achieve ninety wins by July (of 2015).

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@1harris1 Weren't the hitters on that team better?  I can't recall anyone hitting under .200 in the starting lineup, unlike this current team, which has a few such hitters already in the lineup.

cver
cver

@Frank Tangorra Very true.  Considering how good he is with the bat, the other options out there and the hole that trading him will create, I still think they should sign him now to an extension.  Maybe his poor defensive numbers can keep his price from soaring too high.

dave42
dave42

@cpamerica5 @dave42  I would not trade either Plawecki or d'Arnaud until we know one of them is a major league caliber catcher.  We do have Flores, Nimmo, Matz, Montero and deGrom as well as Colon and Abreu.  Depending on the market, we may be able to pry some good talent away.  The other guy I'm interested in is Pederson from the Dodgers. 

dave42
dave42

  yeah, but I can reach 90 myself on the front 9 alone!

1harris1
1harris1

Nah. Our "star " in those days was Lee Mazzilli, whose career accomplishments never matched those of either Wright or even Granderson. Nobody in the '79 lineup had even 20 homerun power. And the pitching overall on that team was far worse than it is with this year's version.

jonlga
jonlga

Exactly. But everyone who is yelling at Alderson is doing his job for him. They're blaming him for not getting talent when it's the owners who are the culprits.

jonlga
jonlga

If his job is building a team then no. If his job is cutting payroll and taking the hits for the Wilpons then yes.