What’s on Tap for Wednesday, Sept. 3…

The Mets (65-74) wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins (67-70) on Wednesday in Miami at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.94 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.79 ERA) for the Marlins.


Schedule…

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In case you missed it…

The Mets got huge offensive games from Juan Lagares and David Wright as they topped the Marlins, 8-6, on Tuesday night >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com. Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka, who are dealing with elbow injuries, both received cortisone injections and are expected to rejoin the club over the weekend.


Terry Collins is encouraging Lagares to steal more bases. Lagares has responded by stealing five bases over the last five games.


Bobby Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery in April, is planning to throw from a mound in December for the first time since surgery.


With the minor league playoffs about to get underway, the Mets made a flurry of promotions >> Read more at MetsMinors


Standings…

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60 comments
bklynlou
bklynlou

Why is tejeda playing Flores rides the bench good move Terry that is why you are clueless 

bklynlou
bklynlou

Should be a very good  ballgame tonight with degrom pitching hopefully the bats stay hot granderson gets the night off captain Kirk gets the start 

jenkins
jenkins

Collins is "encouraging" Lagares to steal more? How about giving him the dam steal sign-or is that too masculine?

A little item above makes me wonder if Matt Harvey is okay.  The item relates that Bobby Parnell who had Tommy John surgery in April will begin throwing off the mound in December.  That will be 8 months after the operation.  Harvey was operated on in early October 2013.....11 months ago, and the Mets have taken him off the mound after only a few sessions.  


So, if they are ready to let Parnell throw off the mound after 8 months, and just lately took Harvey OFF the mound after 11 months and told him to wait till the winter, then isn’t that a sign that something is wrong with Harvey’s progress ?



flmetsfan
flmetsfan

The Mets are on pace to finish 76 and 86 this year!  That's a whole two game improvement while spending less money.

The Wilpons think they're going in the right direction.

saxon
saxon

Wilmer, Wilmer...


birtelcom
birtelcom

3 hits from each of the third baseman, catcher and center fielder.   No other team in the majors has done that this season and only one team last season: the Giants on June 13, 2013  got three hits each from Posey at catcher, Joaquin Arias at third and Gregor Blanco in center. 

Jack Butler
Jack Butler

Isn't it ironic that we traded Byrd and now we're looking for an outfield bat in the offseason? Good job Sandy...

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

I have held off bashing Terry Collins until now. At this point I can't comprehend how a ML team can be so lacking in fundamentals.

How is it that our pitchers have the worst fundamental approach to bunting? Forgetting the mechanics for a minute, it is taught at every level from high school, college, minors etc that when sacrificing you step up to the top of the box to increase your odds to put the ball in fair play. How is it that in game 139 of the season Niese' back foot was on the back line of the box? How is this not seen and addressed during the game? 

Duda on just about every bunt play doesn't stretch toward home plate. Instead of stretching towards the ball. He does it on infield throws but not on bunt plays and it has cost them outs all year long. Yet he continues to do it and it's not addressed. How is a major league team not correcting basic fundamental errors? 

We are challenged due to a lack of talent as it is without adding to it by being a fundamentally flawed team. 

And that's just from last night, not mentioning other issues all year long. I just don't get how TC can not be held accountable for that

j0sHi328
j0sHi328

Would it be crazy to look into trading for J.D Martinez this offseason? What do you guys think?

robby
robby

At least TC is doing something right by encouraging Lagares to steal more bases

matmil
matmil

I have a request of some blogger, I'm no geek with a computer, grew up with quilt pens, can someone find out how many errors Mets have made this year from the 7th inning on?

matmil
matmil

Being 9 games under at this point in the season is a big disappointment. The worst part is how many games they could have won but gave away. I personally blame Collins for that, others say he is blameless because of a lack of talent. I know they aren't as talented as most other teams, but baseball is a team sport where if played correctly you can overcome a lack individual talent by playing as a team. This isn't the first time a team with fairly decent pitching has had a lack of offensive support. Seen it before and have seen teams overcome it. They don't have the talent to win the division but do have enough to be a .500 team

matmil
matmil

Maybe because Harvey decided to throw bullets from the get go.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@saxon I was always a Betty fan myself...oh you mean Wilmer, not Wilma.

Oh, never mind.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Jack Butler  Byrd was going to be a free-agent at the end of last season. Why was that a bad job by Sandy - especially since it brought back Herrera and Black?

nncyel
nncyel

@Tarheel11 Well, it must be Wally Backman's fault. If he gets credit for straightening out guys like d'Arnaud, it only seems reasonable that he should be blamed for not teaching fundamentals to others who've played under him. Remember it's not TC's job to teach fundamentals it's the player development personnel all throughout the organization who are supposed to be doing that.


By the way, I don't care where his back foot was; the more important question is where was his bat. Not every pitcher completely squares around with their feet. A lot of them simply have the front foot far enough up in the box that when they extend their arms and lean over the bat is far enough up in the batter's box that it serves the same purpose. And in the process the back foot is placed further back in order to establish balance. Also more importantly to me is how the pitcher handles the bat when sacrificing. Too many jab at the pitch. You're supposed to almost try catching the ball with the bat so to speak, pulling the bat backward a little at contact. That deadens the bunted ball.



matmil
matmil

@Tarheel11 Yesterday was an improvement, with hitters going up the middle and opposite field more, more steals as well. Where has that been for the first 5 months of the season?

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

@Tarheel11 Sandy and Wilpons don't care about fundamentals, they just like having a yes man clown to run out there everyday. 

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@j0sHi328 Interesting atypical name.  nice and young and controllable for 3 more seasons.  But the Astros released him. Because his glove is porous.  Add to this, he went from a .251 career hitter with a bad offensive Astros team to .311 (and almost as many HRs this season as all his time with Houston) with one of the best offensive teams in the AL.  

Which category do the Mets fall in to?

joe21
joe21

Nonsense. No one is suggesting that TC is blameless, but assigning all of the blame to him at the exclusion of 25+ players who have underperformed is misguided. I don't like TC and would like to see him replaced, but if you think that would turn this team even to a .500 record, you are mistaken and will be disappointed if/when they change managers and have same results. Too much credit and too much blame are assigned to ML managers

Jack Butler
Jack Butler

because offense is this team's problem and our best hitter is already at second base

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@nncyel @Tarheel11 Absolutely right about bat placement and footwork. My point is the very first thing is wrong! The next steps all emanate from that point forward. It's taught that way everywhere. So the ML's aren't supposed to fix any fundamental errors at all? Wow, okay. 

matmil
matmil

@nncyel @Tarheel11 I can see where in Vegas there may be other things to do besides practicing the mundane skills to be a credible major leaguer.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@matmil @Tarheel11 Absolutely. But that's more of a mental approach as opposed to simple physical mistakes that are so blatantly obvious yet so easily corrected. I mean come on, positioning in a the batters box? It's baseball 101. There's just no excuse for it. 

matmil
matmil

@joe21 Joe here is the way a less talented team wins close games. In a game where the differential is 2 runs or less from the 7th inning on, the leadoff batter in that inning should be trying to get on base. Even if his name is Duda.Not swinging for the fences. If he doesn't get on the next batter should be doing the same, I mean trying to get on any way he can, via walk or bunt or however. If he gets on the next batters job is to get him over to second.Either allowing him to steal, or hitting behind him or even bunting him over. That gives you at least two shots at getting a run scoring single. Or a mistake by the other team. You can't tell me that that is the way they have played. Look your going to win 60 games and lose 60 games no matter what you do. It's what you do in those other 42 games that makes or breaks your season. Have seen other teams be successful this way, in the post steroid era this is how you win. Back to baseball the way it used to be played. 

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Jack Butler  Trading him wasn't the issue as he was going to be a free-agent anyway, Sandy could have re-signed him this past offseason, but obviously went in a different direction.

nncyel
nncyel

@Tarheel11 I was being a little sarcastic in blaming Backman because of the way so many posters treat him as the franchise savior. And you chose to blame only TC - others blaming Alderson as well, of course. I was pointing out that perhaps blame should also go to others in the organization. And yes it clearly is something a coach on the ML team should mention to the player. Perhaps the players really don't care to listen though, who knows? When you're making millions of dollars playing a game, it's human nature to not sweat the little stuff.

matmil
matmil

@Tarheel11 @matmil It's more than that I think. Everybody over swinging trying to hit it out has been their approach for most of the season. Thats why we are 9 games under.

matmil
matmil

@mets74 Thought it would be higher. But of those 36 I'm sure 10 games have been lost because of that. Meaning if you win those 10 games you are at .500 and all the conversations on this blog have a far different context.

joe21
joe21

Nothing you wrote persuaded me that TC is all to blame and the players are free. Not even sure what point you were trying to make in response to my comment

Ken Ralston
Ken Ralston

Cliche cliche cliche duda should bunt cliche cliche clueless.

Jack Butler
Jack Butler

all im saying is that Sandy better sign an outfield bat in the offseason bc LF this year has been a joke

matmil
matmil

@joe21 The point is this, Collins imparts a certain philosophy to the team, as every manager does. That philosophy does not help them win the close games that their good pitching so often gives them. I don't know how to be more plain.

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

@Ken Ralston Terry is that you ?? Must be, you're the most ardent defender of the worst manager in the league, no fan could be that dumb. 

matmil
matmil

@Ken Ralston So tell me junior how do you play to win the close games? Sit around and hope somebody homers. Hows that workin out for you genius.

matmil
matmil

@Ken Ralston Don't be an idiot I didn't say Duda should bunt , just not overswing trying for the bomb. wise guy

matmil
matmil

@mets74 @matmil So correct me if I'm wrong, it's a reasonable assumption to say we have 8 out of those 17 games as wins no?

mets74
mets74

@matmil @mets74 Depends on what happened after the errors. I didn't look too deeply into it, but believe there's a couple games that were lost in the bottom of the last inning played. Could be 8 overall, but it just appeared to be a bit less.

Ken Ralston
Ken Ralston

Sorry. I must be the only one here with a job. Im sure you were crying, cuz that is all you do, when the mets had duda watching 13 pitches before swining. Now he is aggressive and looks great bjt u want him them to have him situational hit as a clean up hitter that is producing at a top 5 slugging peecentage in national league for over 2 months. You sir are going to complain about anything collins does and are incapable of a rational intelligent conversation. Would you like me to tell you where you perjured that line about winning winning 60 losing 60 anf what you do with ither 42? Or are you gonna tey and take credit for that stupidity? Miserable people are going to be miserable.

matmil
matmil

@mets74 @matmil By the way, I understand Crazy Dragon will be live at Mt. Shasta December 31

matmil
matmil

@mets74 @matmil Which gets us to very near .500 which is my whole point. They have enough talent here if used correctly, and players are taught to play good defense and to keep their heads in the game to be a credible team. Not Division champs but not 9 games under. Being 9 games under at this point is not acceptable.