What’s on Tap: Mejia faces Cardinals at 7:10 pm, Abreu joins Mets

The Mets (9-9) defeated the Braves (12-6) in 14 innings at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon >> Read more at MetsBlog.com, MLB.com, ESPN, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.


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The Mets open a four-game series with the Cardinals on Monday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Tyler Lyons for St. Louis. Lyons is making his first appearance of 2014.

The game will air on WPIX TV, and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.

Prior to the game, Bobby Abreu is expected to join the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets have yet to announce a corresponding roster move.




62 comments
iamwilpon
iamwilpon

Considering they have no bullpen, closer, shortstop, catcher, first base issues and a .127 avg outfielder on pace for 200 Ks, I find the Mets 9-9 record at this point remarkable. Terry Collins: manager of the year!

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Gotta have the game tonight against the rookie or we could be looking at losing 3 or all 4 in this series. I would settle for a split and then take 2 of 3 from the fish.

The Feels band
The Feels band

We're gonna win 3-2 today. Mejia gets his 3rd win. D'arnaud hits his 2nd dinger. Farnsworth gets the save. PIITB

thwacker
thwacker

The Dbacks have shortstop Grigorius down in AAA.  He just hit a HR. That club is hurting.  Maybe we can figure out a trade.

Nick Catino
Nick Catino

So by calling up Abreu its like basically trading Ike Davis for a washed up 42 year old player, great job Mets, keep up the good work. Why dont they call Bobby Bonilla next

thwacker
thwacker

Mets facing a AAA callup tonight.  Let's hammer him!

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

I know one thing while Wheeler has looked ok but not great..he doesn't look like the prospect Sandy envisioned.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

It so looks like Granderson is our current Jason Bay.  I really hope I'm wrong. Does anyone else feel this way?

dannym28
dannym28

wacha and wainwright, atleast i have both on my fantasy team

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

A pitcher making his first start against the Mets, you can count on a shutout.

joe21
joe21

There is no doubt that an upgrade at SS is needed, but there may be some value to be patient on acquiring it. the only option out there that does not cost players is Drew and he seems like an overpay right now and more valuable players may be available via trade, but to do that without harm, you need to make sure that you don't overpay in talent. by waiting even until the ASB, it provides time for some Farm players to build a little more value with production. that is why I am OK with Kirk going down; if he rakes with regular ABs, he can provide some value as a secondary piece in a package to upgrade at SS, as can den Dekker or even Dykstra if they perform. by waiting a little longer, you may need to give up a little less to get the SS the Mets want/need. Given the operating constraints, every little bit helps.

an example of players having value diminished is Satin; while he rides the pine, both Lutz and Campbell (essentially all the same players-except EC has more versatility) are getting regular ABs and staying sharp, while Satin plays maybe once a week.

JuniorSwingman
JuniorSwingman

Bobby Abreu should have been the "BIG SIGNING" of 2009 instead of Jason Bay. Abreu would have been significantly cheaper than $66 million given to Bay. Worst case scenario would have been releasing Abreu if he did bad. This team needs to upgrade at SS (whether it's outside or inside the organization), release Valverde, find a new hitting philosophy & understand that if a player is good enough he will never reach super 2 status.

mike23
mike23

If the mets continue to be cheap and make the wrong decisions instead of being aggressive to fill their needs this .500 record is going to take a sharp turn south with each game. I understand they lost Parnell as their closer to surgery but other teams would have found a more effective replacement than a heading down hill Valverde and now farnsworth, Wilpons, Sandy etc.. have to step up or this will be another lost season. 

greekgod
greekgod

Sending down KIrk would  be a big mistake with this horrible team of not getting base runners over to home plate. Brown or Grandy, I dont' care either one is good.

Chris Gogatz
Chris Gogatz

Send down brown, Kirk has some value and he doesn't need more time in the minors he'll never be a starter

Jim Yager
Jim Yager

The METS are well on the way to a 4-6 homestand :{ They just cannot win at home, they have to figure a way to change that. Getting Armando Valverde out of the closer job is a step in the right direction. Since 2011 they have had a loosing record at home, so, with a 10 game homestand the best we can hope for is 4-6 or prey for 5-5 , that stinks.

jdr9
jdr9

Would have signed up for 9-9 at this point in the season in a second. My hope is they can maintain this or a better pace until Thor and Montero come up and a trade or two can be made.

TheTrueStork
TheTrueStork

I can see Abreu as a Rusty Staub type when Staub was mainly a pinch hitter.

Olerud42
Olerud42

I'm actually looking forward to seeing how Bobby Abreu can contribute to our club. He always seems to have a high OBP. 

greekgod
greekgod

@iamwilpon  Granted wit the Mets stats they should be 3-15, but are 9-9 which is  tantamount to TC and Alderson's picks for now.....lets see what happens in the month of May and we may have something to root for going  into the summer months.

jamets
jamets

Right now I would rather have Abreu on the bench than Nieuwenhuis.  That could change after we get a chance to see Abreu for a while.  But right now, I think he offers more as a PH than Kirk does.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@mets2death With Legares or Chris Young in center, Granderson in RF, and EYJ or Young in LF where would Neiuwenheis play? I know EYJ isn't very popular in the comments section of this site, but he's hot right now. Grandy is ice cold and based on his current numbers might benefit from a trip to AAA but given his track record (and his contract) we all know he's going to have a much longer leash than this. Neiuwenheis is better off getting at bats in Las Vegas. 

dannym28
dannym28

@mets2death  Q started out great last year too but then struggled. Within the month i think Flores will take over for ruben. 

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Nick Catino No, it's nothing like that. The Mets will receive two players for Ike. And Abreu serves as a better pinch hitter than Ike.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Nick Catino Abreu will be a bench piece who specialized in getting on base. He knows his role. There won't be any who is starting Abreu or Duda questions. Ike was a possible starter locked in an unsure situation at 1B. They are 2 separate situations. As an added bonus, a team that values OBP now has a veteran who at his best was a league leader in that category to influence the younger hitters.   

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Albert E Lewis 21 starts. You probably would have run Sandy Koufax out of town after his first four seasons. He still might become our best pitcher.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Albert E Lewis He's still worth a half year rental on a premiere player with bad knees who won't return draft pick compensation to the team that traded for him in the off-season.

The Feels band
The Feels band

@Albert E Lewis  He looks awesome considering it's possible that next year he's our 4th best starter. Anyone would sign up for Wheeler as a #4. 

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@Bob Burket I do. I think he's finished and the contract will become another albatross on this roster. You take 10 homers away from his 43 hr, .232 2012 campaign and he hits under .220.

greekgod
greekgod

@Bob Burket  His  bat speed is good but eye and hand coordination is missing I think. His best days are behind him imo.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@Bob Burket I certainly hope not..but lets give him some time to right himself...if he finshes the year .230-15 hr and 75 rbi ill readily admit he failed.

dannym28
dannym28

@Bob Burket  i mean we have 3 years and 8 months with him still so i do not want to be a pessimist already. but it is inevtiable he gets it together. i have a felling he will try his detroit swing and losing the yankees stadium swing. 

owlnut
owlnut

@JuniorSwingman  Abreau is a horrible fielder. He's afraid of running into, near to, or at walls. As long as he is used ONLY as a pinch hitter, and he actually does hit, he may be a good call up.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@mike23 You haven't figured that out already?  The moment that the Mets didn't acquire a shortstop and some outside bullpen depth, it became a lost season.  Actually, the moment Matt Harvey had TJ surgery, 2014 became a lost season since the Mets management had a built in excuse.

As far as next year, I can see Hanley Ramirez resigning with the Dodgers, Yunel Escobar has already signed with the Rays, and Jose Reyes is probably going to have more problems with his hamstring.  Which leaves the Mets in a spending war with the Yankees, Orioles, and Indians for Cabrera and Hardy.

Well done Sandy, well done.

Mickey Jennifer Wind
Mickey Jennifer Wind

@greekgod  it is going to be Kirk.  They need Brown since he is a righty bat,plus Kirk can play every day in AAA. Abreu will be a bench bat and development is not an issue.  I have no issue with this, Of course, there is a chance Grandy is not feeling well after the wall hit and his body is not reacting well to playing and is a surprise DL move.


The bigger issue is SS. Without a SS, it does not matter about who is on the bench. 


This is a tough week for the Mets.  They have to deal with Wainright and Wacha.  They need Mejia, Gee, and Niece to give a game

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Jim Yager Actually, calling him "Armando Valverde" would be a compliment.  Benetiz was the king of the low pressure save.  Once games actually had meaning, that's when he'd fold like a bad poker player.

Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Some bad news about Thor.He is as of last night AAA worst starter so far.Doesn't look to good yet, but still early.

tullydew
tullydew

Jose Abreu, Nelson Cruz and Stephen Drew should all be Mets.

Thanks Sandy!

jamets
jamets

Why do they need Brown?  Satin and Recker are righties, Q and Abreu are lefties.  I'd rather have Kirk as 3rd lefty bat than Brown as a 3rd righty, since there are more right handed pitchers. 

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@tullydew Jose Abreu was too much of an unknown, Nelson Cruz was asking way more then he eventually settled for (and as an outfielder is a great DH), and Stephen Drew is over-rated (and is asking for way too much).

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@tullydew  as i am torn on the Abreu part, the Nelson cruz argument is byeond dumb and you have to let it go, he signed for 1 year after he wanted what, 100 million? please, let it go. And drew is baffling how he's not here. Watching Tejada and Q out there every day is the worst part of this all. 


People talk about Drew' not being a top SS. No S*** Sherlock, but ;he's significantly better than what we have and its not even close. Do you see what Simmons does for the Braves on defense alone, drew isn't as good, but is light years better than Tejada. 

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@mets2death If Lagares is put on a platoon when he gets back, I will have a brain hemorrhage.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Patrick Boegel @Tom Gallagher Agreed. It's a false premise that we could have gotten Cruz for what he eventually signed for later in the year. Would you have been more comfortable with Sandy gambling on Cruz not signing elsewhere and hoping he could be nabbed for much less than his asking price? Otherwise you're going to have to give him a multi-year deal in excess of $100 million.


As for Abreu, what are you projecting out from to assess this "bargain"? If he's hitting .220 with 10 HRs next season would you still consider it an "insane bargain"? There were question marks about if his swing would translate to MLB, and there were question marks about his ability to field at 1B (which led to speculation that he would be a better fit for an AL club). It's a false premise to assume he's going to keep hitting like he has for the first month of his first season in MLB.


I do agree on false premises though, it appears you've built some great arguments based on them. 

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@Tom Gallagher  False premises are great things to base an argument on.


Here are the facts...


Cruz signed for 1 year $8MM or $750K more than Chris Young.


Abreu signed for 6 years $66MM, that is the price of a mediocre mid level producer in the current market, ala Curtis Granderson, and then when you project out three years, the risk on Abreu has the potential to be an insane bargain.  It is a risk reward system.  Sandy Alderson only wants to play on the reward side.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@mike23 @Tom Gallagher@tullydew We didn't know that about Abreu at the time (and, at this early stage, we don't really know that yet). As for the other 2, I'd like to contend this season but I'd rather be careful not to limit our chances next season with a moonshot this season (and a $100 million dollar multi-year deal for a glorified DH, and a multi-year deal at over $14 million for mediocre SS would limit what we can do next year).

mike23
mike23

@Tom Gallagher @tullydew  but they are all better options than what the mets currently have, so that shows how bad the current roster is in spots. 

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Patrick Boegel @Tom Gallagher@Lee Lewin@tullydew


Yes, I would call that free agent class stacked. So you subtract Aviles, Escobar, and Gonzalez. You wouldn't rather Cabrera, Hardy, along with or Lowrie? I'd still think Escobar is worth it as well given his ability to get on base, but will conceded he's gotten worse. Hanley Ramirez also may be available (assuming he doesn't resign with LA and can still play SS).  


As for Thor and Montero, they are both close to ready (although Thor may be a bit further back than we thought given his numbers at LV so far this season). Between Thor, Montero, Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Colon, and deGrom your likely to have a surplus. Could there be injuries? Of course. Nothing is ever locked in stone in baseball until after it happens. But are you really telling me you don't think there will be a surplus of starting pitching for this team next year with 8 potential starters (7 if you don't count deGrom)?


I'll give that Harvey will likely not be what he was next season, and will, given the track record of Tommy John Surgery, likely need two years to regain his strength, but he still should be in the rotation and given the timing of his surgery he may be back at full strength as the season progresses.


Of course nothing is locked in stone, but I like our chances better next year given the free agent class at SS and the depth we should have at SP going into next season.  

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Tom Gallagher @Lee Lewin@tullydewMontero will be dealt at the 2014 Winter meetings. 
If not at the August trade deadline.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Patrick Boegel @Tom Gallagher@Lee Lewin@tullydewLet's also remember that the Yankees will also be looking for a shortstop next year, and they spend money to make their team better.  With Hardy and Cabrera going free agent, Cleveland and Baltimore will also be in the market.  Yeah, that class is really stacked.  Keep up that wishful thinking guys.

Patrick Boegel
Patrick Boegel

@Tom Gallagher @Lee Lewin @tullydew  


"Should"


"Is"


"Stacked" 


lets takes these words one at a time...


Syndergaard and Montero "should" be in the rotation but there is zero guarantee either will be, will be healthy or that they are definitely going to be an immediate impact.  Words are words, results are results, both right now are hype.


Harvey "is" back, really? Because no one who gets Tommy John surgery ever struggles to return to action let alone to where they left off.


"Stacked SS free agent class....'


Shortstops
Mike Aviles *  (33  with an option and forgetable)
Asdrubal Cabrera 
Yunel Escobar * (32 with an option and getting annually worse)
Alex Gonzalez (future was bright, in 2004)
J.J. Hardy 
Jed Lowrie
John McDonald
Hiroyuki Nakajima *
Jimmy Rollins * 


The list begins and ends with Lowrie, that sounds like those scary contracts Jeff Wilpon hides under the covers from.

Christopher Masiello
Christopher Masiello

@Lee Lewin @tullydew I totally agree about the Simmons comment. I heard Ron Darling call him "an offensive defense player" this weekend. It's so true. He looks like he's attacking the hitters and scaring them from hitting to that side. He's like a shutdown corner back that takes away your best receiver.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@Lee Lewin @tullydew Drew isn't Simmons on defense (nevermind with the bat) so it doesn't matter what Simmons does for them. As for being an ungrade, he is but he isn't taking a 1 year deal at this time. Next year, when Thor and Montero should be in the rotation and Harvey is back, would you rather have Drew at SS or someone from that stacked SS free agent class (or whoever comes in trade in exchange for the loser of the SP sweepstakes)?