What’s on Tap: Mejia faces Phillies at 7:10 p.m.

The Mets (16-17) were off Thursday…


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Jenrry Mejia will get the start when the Mets open a three-game set with the Phillies on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Mejia (3-0, 5.23 ERA) will be opposed by Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50 ERA) for Philadelphia.

Prior to the game, the Mets will add SS Wilmer Flores to the roster. Flores, who had been with Triple-A Las Vegas, will take Omar Quintanilla’s roster spot.

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

Later in the day, Rafael Montero will make his eighth start of the season for Triple-A Las Vegas.




67 comments
bruster
bruster

Only the 1st full week of May and the Mets are already involved in "THE BATTLE FOR THE BOTTOM" !

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Look at those home-road splits for Miami. Fredi Gonzalez might have been on to something when he said that huge structure in the outfield might have a camera that's stealing signs. Those splits just don't add up. 

TheJMan
TheJMan

This is a franchise that has to rent out the parking lot to a circus to help pay the bills--if anyone has been to Citi lately, you know what i am talking about

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

In 1997 Billy Beane was made GM of the Oakland A's...1998 74 wins.. 1999 87 wins...  2000 91 wins and yes before this he was asst Gm but once he took over as GM it didn't take him long even with a low payroll to make the A's competitive...2002 they won 20 games in a row at one point.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Mejia may be pitching for his spot in the rotation tonight. If he craps out in the 5th inning and/or 3rd time through the lineup for the 3rd straight start he could be headed to the BP or AAA.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Here's a real question...now that we've lost Tejada from the lineup...who is going to be the 8 hitter?

You can laugh at that question, but in the NL they pitch around the 8 spot so much (which is why Tejada's OBP always looks better then it is) it really needs to be a patient hitter.  Is it TdA by default?

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D

http://www.milb.com/standings/index.jsp?sid=l112


Wally Backman's Las Vegas 51's win yet again, by the score of 16-4, to improve their record to 24-10.


Their SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIX (.706) WINNING PERCENTAGE is far and away the best in the entire PCL.  The next best Win % in the entire league is .563


#FREEWALLY

xplr
xplr

Great article by Klaplisch in the Bergen Record this morning about the state of the Mets. Absolute must read!

upstaphan
upstaphan

1. Lagares

2. Flores

3. Murphy

4. Chris Young

5. Wright

6. Granderson

7. Duda

8. d'Arnaud 

9. Mejia 

upstaphan
upstaphan

1. Lagares

2. Murphy

3. Wright

4. Chris Young

5. Duda

6. Granderson

7. Flores

8. d'Arnaud 

9. Mejia 



heynow20
heynow20

You do realize that the team that won 87 games in 1999 was largely drafted or acquired by Alderson and not Beane?  Alderson drafted Jason Giambi, their best player, along with Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Miguel Tejada, Ben Grieves and Eric Chavez.  He is also the one that acquired Matt Stairs and Kenny Rogers.  The book Moneyball was based on Beane's 2002 draft and what is inetresting about the 2002 draft class, was that it was largely a failure.

Carl Delellis
Carl Delellis

Wow I had no idea about that.Whats taking our genius sandy so long

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Albert E Lewis  Yes but this is one shining example. It happens so rarely in baseball with that kind of payroll that they went and made a movie about it. 

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@Brian Webster If he starts strong, but falters after 2nd or 3rd time through the order, I see them moving him to the BP.  I doubt they'll send him to AAA.  The BP needs help, and there's enough options to replace him in the rotation.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@BringBackDaveTelghe  I would think it would have to be. Flores isnt patient enough and Lageras has been hitting too well. Those are the only two candidates i can think of unless you bench CY some days and bat EY 8th but even he isnt so patient.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@D Yeah that's clearly Wally winning those games out in Vegas and I would fully expect the winning percentage to carry over.  Please.

mrgee
mrgee

@ifti99  Thank you for posting! So sad that this is what we are doomed to be discussing at this point.  Hopefully some timely wins will turn the conversation right back around from this bad stretch. 

skillsets
skillsets

@ifti99  (Bob Klapisch) We’re barely a week into May, and somehow the Mets already feel like they’re going over the cliff, the same vibe that’s doomed them for too many years in a row. They’ve lost six of seven and are coming up on a stretch of four straight games against the Yankees. Despite the off-season’s massive stimulus, this hasn’t exactly been a Bombers team for the ages, but they’re still capable of making it an ugly week for the Mets.


The bullpen is once again a joke, with the National League’s second-worst save percentage (36 percent) and the third-highest number of blown saves (seven). The Mets are 19th in the majors in attendance, just about where they were last summer, but a plunge could be right around the corner.


Maybe that’s why some tone-deaf executive in Flushing decided to save the day, mass-emailing a loyalty pledge for fans to sign before the Subway Series. Just what the Mets needed all right – not a closer, not a shortstop, but an electronic pep rally. This was an embarrassment, even for an organization that already stoops to Bark at the Park promotions.

- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/sports/klapisch-mindless-mets-can-t-hide-from-this-gaffe-1.1012644#sthash.wcHpbdqH.dpuf

helloboy
helloboy

@moep  The Mets will not move Murphy.  I actually agree with the thought and the lineup. Always had, always will.  Duda is a AAAA Player and they need EY's speed.  I would have CY over Lagares in the order though.  Other than that, i would probably go with this. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@moep Yick.  Two players playing out of position, say what you will but benching one of the better hitters in the lineup in Duda for EYJ is just stupid.  Sure he can steal a few bases but this isn't fantasy baseball.  Need to reach first.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@Zach Goeringer @Albert E Lewis True but it shows that this can be done.I give Beane credit.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@Michael Frias I'd think they'd want to put him in the BP as well. The only reason why I bring up AAA is Mejia's stance which he's made public that he wants to start and I believe he's even gone as far as to say he'd rather go to AAA and work on starting than pitch in the MLB pen. So if he puts up a stink and wouldn't have a good attitude or mindset in the BP they might feel better off giving him what he wants and sending him to AAA

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@moep  All of a sudden it's a much more credible lineup.  I can't speak to the defense at all, but I'm intrigued.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@Zach Goeringer @BringBackDaveTelghe  EY 8th wouldn't be terrible. They would be much more afraid of putting him on in front of the pitcher because he could easily put pressure on the opposing pitcher, and if he got on to leadoff, he could steal second and be bunted to third.

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D

From yesterday

 @D  BringBackDaveTelghe 23 hours ago

C'mon...If Wally is the manager right now this team most likely has the same amount of wins. 


D 23 hours ago

@BringBackDaveTelghe  Please explain then why his AAA team went 81-63 last year, and is 23-10 so far this year, with a winning % over .100 higher than the next closest team in the PCL.  He has had some good starting pitching (like the Mets), no actual legit hitting prospects (like the Mets), and no studs in the pen (like the Mets) during this time when he has been winning, yet his teams have won, and won a lot more than they have lost


I'm still waiting for your explanation, BBDT

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@TheJMan @Albert E Lewis  Nationals and Braves have more strikeouts in basically the same number of games. Mets have 33 games, Braves 33 and Nats 34. Get over strikeouts, they are a part of the game now.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@TheJMan @Victor Triguero @Zach Goeringer @Albert E Lewis Ive said it before if we had hitters like Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion who walk 80-90 times a year and hit with power it would drastically change this lineup...but that's a dream.Though Santana is not hitting well now..wonder if Cleveland  would consider a trade.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@D @BringBackDaveTelghe  Those are good points too.  I do like when they promote managers from the minor leagues...everyone should have to put in their time and if they have recognition with your system all the better.


I'll say this...if the front office went to Wally and said they wanted him to be a manager but wanted to him to get better and stronger as a tactician (and would support him in doing so), I'd be on board with it.


It's actually kind of strange...why DON'T more organizations attempt to make their managers better? 

D
D

@BringBackDaveTelghe @D  Your response is well thought out and I appreciate it.  Honestly I do not KNOW his precise level of understanding advanced stats.  I DO KNOW that Terry Collins doesn't understand even the most basic ones though (ex: "Colon is a ground ball pitcher" LOL!!)


I do know Wally has a solid handle on a pitching staff, and more importantly a better grasp of how to handle a bullpen than Terry.  I'd say Terry is a minus 3 Wins in the bank, where Wally may be a prove to be a plus 2 or 3... a fairly large swing and a chance worth taking.


The thing the Mets have been lacking for far too long is a Leader, a true Alpha with some backbone, and Wally is that dude.  They have been pushovers for way too long, and say what you will about wally, but a pushover he is not.


BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@D  First off...this is the minors.  You can't analyze minor league standings and act like they're relevant to a professional team.  The composition at AAA is split between top prospects, and journeyman AAAA players.  Josh Satin may not be able to hit a lick in the majors, put him back in AAA and I'm sure he'd hit and even help win some ball games.  How is that relevant to Wally though?  


All the research and study shows a manager can cause +/- 3 wins or so.  That's significant....A bad manager can turn an 86 win team into an 89 win team and all the way down to an 83 win team.  


Say Wally is a good instructor and can get the players to play hard.  Personally, I don't think this will be any different then Collins.  TC routinely bunts in terrible spots, doesn't value OBP at the top of the lineup, and can't even identify who his best reliever is and what constitutes a high leverage spot....I'm referring more to misusing Parnell last year.  


Can you honestly say you KNOW Wally would understand higher advanced statistics, run creation, etc?  If not, I just don't have much interest in him.

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D

@BringBackDaveTelghe @D @TheJMan  Amazing how you can present your Opinion as HARD FACTS... How exactly do you measure or quantify such a statement? Why is it AT MOST 2 or 3 games out of 162?  Is it possible it could be 4, 5, heck maybe even 6?

So you don't know his style at all, but probably have heard he enjoys sacrifice bunts... ok, so lets say he employs the sac bunt slightly more than his peers... who cares, he manages a pitching staff & bullpen in a hitters league very well, and most imporatantly, wins

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@D @TheJMan @BringBackDaveTelghe  Here's the hard facts...managers at MOST win or lose you 2 or 3 games a year.

I don't know Backman's style at all, but judging from hearing how much he enjoys sacrifice bunts, I doubt he's someone that embraces sabermetrics.

If you want to find a manager that can actually win a team a few games, find someone the clubhouse will play hard for AND knows enough modern day stats to actually make a team better. You look in Washington where that dope Williams is playing his best hitter in Harper batting 6th or 7th. That's the absolute thing this team has to avoid.

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@TheJMan @BringBackDaveTelghe @D  Because, I'd assume that BBDT, like many of the Wally Haters / "Managers Make No Difference" Crowd, saw or heard about a few youtube vids from Wally's Peanuts days and is scurrrrred of his passion for baseball and winning.  From what I remember, Coach Bobby Knight wasn't the most well behaved on the court, ripped into his players in the locker room when deserved, etc.... and fans of teams he coached didn't mind the end result of WINNING A LOT.  So whats the problem with Wally?

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@kefhrny17 @skillsets@ifti99 I'm not sure I'd say that Miami has turned it around just yet. They've been horrible for years, but now everyone loves them after 35 games. The Mets looked pretty good last week as well.

1craigswan
1craigswan

@kefhrny17 @skillsets @ifti99  While I agree with some of what Klap says, he shouldn't knock Bark in the Park. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@kefhrny17 @skillsets @ifti99 Well...zero improvement to the major league team but the minors are ten times better then before.  You don't get to just wave a wand and get a good organization, need to build from the ground up.