What’s on Tap: Mets are off, will attend Joel Hanrahan’s showcase

The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks, 5-2, on Wednesday afternoon to complete a three-game sweep >> Read more from MLB.com, ESPN New York, New York Post, and the Daily News.

The win moved the Mets to above .500 at 8-7…


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The Mets are off on Thursday.

Team representatives will attend a showcase for free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan. Hanrahan, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May.

The Mets open a three-game set against the Braves on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.




52 comments
1craigswan
1craigswan

Hanrahan, if he can still pitch like he did with the Pirates, would be an incredible closer for us. Then Valverde/Farnsworth can be the 8th inning guy with Torres/Familia being the 7th inning guys.

mr cerrone---we have to go w young   who cares w old retread pitchers...call Cincinnati for their second baseman.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Those of you who got excited about beating the Braves 2 of 3 should remember. They beat an over the hill A. Harang and nobody's like David Hale, Anthony Vavaro, Luis Avalin, Gus Schlosser (Who are these people?)  The game they lost, they got abused by Ervin Santana.

brownbear7
brownbear7

I suppose this will be a low-price signing, if its not, leave him at the hot dog eating contest

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

It's really a shame we're more worried about the 2018 arbitration status of our current rookies instead of bringing up these kids to solidify our rotation/bullpen.

Unbelievable.

BadContract
BadContract

The fight for third is going to be close all year.

bleck319
bleck319

Showcase? To see if he can eat more hot dogs than Joey Chestnut?

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Hanrahan???? Ugh. This dude is an arsonist.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Calm down people. We just swept a team that is worse off right now than we are. 6-3 road treip was nice but a real test is coming up. 10 games (AT HOME IN THE CITI HOUSE OF HORRORS) against Braves, Cards and Fish. 5-5 might be asking a lot.

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

A question for everyone to ponder: Are the Mets this good or Arizona that bad?

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Mets fans are smiling again!!!  And why not?

The Playoff Push Has Already Begun!!!

niesesnose
niesesnose

They lost Beachy and Medlen for the whole year, so One of Hale/Harang will likely be in the staff the whole year. And it's not like they're pitching horrible. They both have sub 3 ERAs so far

stemog
stemog

@Bob Burket A win is a win. You can't pick who the opposition throws at you, you play the game. Ervin Santana can't pitch every game.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@Bob Burket The Harang game was a pitching duel (after he had another duel with a good pitcher) and the one game they lost, they sorta abused the Braves closer. They face the two pitchers again. I'm not "excited" -- I'm happy they took advantage of deficits, which most teams have in some fashion.

jamets
jamets

The Mets starting pitching is fine.  Calling up any of these guys and putting them in the bullpen this early in the season would be a short-sighted mistake.  It might help the bullpen in the short term, but it is not the best thing for the player's long term development.  And when you're talking about top prospects like Montero and Syndergaard, that has to trump the team's short term needs.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@BadContract Third can be an okay team that are a player or two away from serious playoff competition. I don't expect the Mets to get to the playoffs. But, third place might very well mean they are around .500, which would be +7.

nncyel
nncyel

@BadContract  3rd place could be a playoff team. You, on the other hand, are in 1st place for stupid, snide comment for a blog entry. Feel better?

jamets
jamets

Hanrahan would be a huge improvement over Valverde.   Unfortunately, if he's healthy he would be an upgrade for a lot of teams.  So there are going to be a lot of teams interested.

@Lets Go Mets! the mets mite win because there are teams that are not so good..mets vs stlouis.

amf
amf

@Lets Go Mets!  When everyone was negative we stayed positive! We knew this team would turn it around!

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Disagree with Noah and DeGrom. Both Noah and DeGrom would be immediate improvements in both the starting rotation and/or the bullpen. Media reports suggesting they're not ready is simply worthless propaganda by the team. These guys are more than ready.

BadContract
BadContract

Agreed. Like last year it will be a very close fight. I don't mind it. It makes it much more bearable as opposed to looking up and seeing how far we are out of first.

BadContract
BadContract

Someone has their "we are going to be better than we really are" pants on.

nncyel
nncyel

@brockl @Bob Burket  Well then, you've been wrong for years. It's pretty clear to me that planned mediocrity is not the Mets' goal. The Wilpons may be broke but they're not stupid. They're smart enough to know that a winning team brings in fans and brings them money. Their goal has been to try to build a long-term winning team like the Rays, As, Braves, Cardinals - not like the Yankees. By building a farm system and their team without spending a fortune. There are some indications the plan is working. You don't do it overnight however - and in the interim there are going to be mediocre years - doesn't mean that's the plan though.

JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

Good teams beat up bad ones. We did a nice job sweeping Zona. No reason for negativity.

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

@brockl @Bob Burket  I completely agree and understand holding your reservations on the Mets. Of course part of me is in the same exact boat. Mets teams of the past few years would come home after a road trip like they just had and just tank it at home. So these next few series (though I don't expect a lot against the Cardinals) will be interesting to watch.


That being said with the way the Mets have played this season I think it is pretty remarkable they are 8-7 considering they really haven't played that well. Good teams - and I am not saying the Mets in 2014 will be a good team though I have predicted 82-85 wins - do find ways to win games even when they aren't playing well and the Mets have done that this year.


As far as the D'backs go, they look absolutely dreadful (though they are not THIS bad). But the fact remains that every team in the NL plays them and the Mets did what they had to do.  

stemog
stemog

@brockl @stemogYou're harping about our starting pitching when that's not even close to be our main concern. The starting pitching is fine. There's nothing wrong with getting more than half a year at Triple-A. He doesn't belong in the bullpen when he's been stretched out all spring training and during the season as a starter. He's a starting pitcher and when they find a deal for a hitter that involves one of their starters or someone gets hurt, he'll get called up.

stemog
stemog

@brockl @JimmyBX182All teams do it, not just the Mets. Think Archie Bradley in Arizona and Gregory Polanco in Pittsburgh. They're two studs ready right now, but won't be up until June.

BadContract
BadContract

More worthless? Does your head connect to your hairy little arms that type with those ham hands or are you just that stupid?

nncyel
nncyel

@BadContract  I let them play the games. That's how I will know how good or bad the Mets are. Don't see much point in prognosticating. Most prognostications, even by "experts" are not very accurate. My guess is you're not even close to being an "expert" and so your prognostication is even more worthless.

nncyel
nncyel


@brockl Your basic premise is flawed. It's not reality. It's a cynical misinterpretation of the direction the Wilpons decided to take the franchise. Yes, with payroll in mind. But also with the reality that spending boatloads of money doesn't necessarily bring success. Look at the Angels. Look at the Phillies. 


Moreover, when did I ever claim that no decision the Mets make is governed by money? I didn't. I don't deny that some of their decisions are governed by money. You are the one that made the cynical assertion that every decision, and I would underline every if I could, is governed by money. In your own post though you suggest that the Mets decided for public relations reasons that they had to sign a couple free agents. So you contradict yourself. Those decisions, according to you were made for public relations not money. I think they were made to help the team win, but then I'm not the cynic you are.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Finances are a part of every decision in every business.This is a business for the Wilpons,if you don't understand that you are being ultra naive.

nncyel
nncyel

@Bob Burket @nncyel  No Bob, I was referring to brockl - check the @names at the beginning   of the post. It was part of a conversation between brockl and me.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

@nncyel If you are referring to me (Burket) as being cynical, you would be right as far as the Mets are concerned. Having followed them from the 1960's, I have seen many highs and lows. This current team could be compared to late 70's and early 80's and 90's. Times just before they got good.  What I would like to see is a mix of 1986 and 2006 teams. Talent and some arrogance.

nncyel
nncyel

@brockl @nncyel  If finances ruled everything they would have Montero in the rotation and they would not have signed Colon. That fact right there negates your claim.

I'm 55 years old and lived in 6 different states and a foreign country for 5 years. I've seen a lot in life. Naive is hardly an adjective I would apply to my life. You on the other hand are completely cynical - you also have the right to be so, but don't assume you're cynicism provides you with insights that are unavailable to anyone else. Cynics often feel that way, but are usually wrong. 

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Steven Matregrano  The reds had a depleted bullpen,and had a lot of injuries in it. The Reds also started their season off poorly too.



JimmyBX182
JimmyBX182

They should lock up the SaberBUFFOONS in a facility. That would work.