What’s on tap Saturday, Aug. 16

The Mets continue their four-game, wrap-around series against the Cubs at Citi Field on Saturday.

Jon Niese (6-8, 3.46 ERA) opposes RHP Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93) at 7:10 pm on WPIX TV.


In case you missed it

Zack Wheeler struck out 10 batters and Eric Campbell hit a three-run home run as the Mets beat the Cubs, 3-2, Friday at Citi Field.

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The Mets officially released Chris Young. He designated him for assignment on August 8.


Daisuke Matsuzaka will make his second rehab start with Double-A Binghamton Saturday at Reading (ESPN, Aug. 15).


Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki is done for the season and OF Carlos Gonzalez is likely done, too, after playing in just 70 games, writes local reporter Patrick Saunders (Denver Post, Aug. 14).


Jacob deGrom said he is already feeling better, and expects to return to the rotation next Saturday in Los Angeles (ESPN, Aug. 14).




15 comments
Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

KH made a surprising comment last night after Flores' 2-RBI hit. He pointed out how Flores had no follow through to his swing and that's why he has no power. I think he usually swings with a follow through but when runners are in scoring position he just looks to put the ball in play. Might explain why he's been such a good run producer.

Michael Bellissimo
Michael Bellissimo

The Mets are doing to Wright what they did with Beltran.  He's playing hurt for the organization. Hopefully we're out of it soon and they can shut David and deGromm down so they will be able to recover and ready for the spring.  They can't pull David while we're still mathematically alive; however, we have too many clubs to climb over to seriously think post season and .500 is not worth risking LT damage to the face of the franchise.

Given injuries and history Tulo should not be as costly as he would have been at the AS break.  If denDekker finishes strong he can be the lead-off RF next year with Grandy moving to left and filling the 5 or 6 hole. If Lucas has finally figured it out, Tulo in the middle of the order with a healthy Wright, Grandy and Duda would be pretty dmn good. Lagares and Travis are maturing and solid defensively, while Murph is offensively strong and defensively getting better and better. Kirk, Soup, EY, Recker give us a pretty solid bench.  The rotation and BP will be strengths in 2015 with plenty of depth.  Getting back Harvey and Parnell will truly bolster both groups.

matmil
matmil

Seems a lot of people think the lineup doesn't matter as to run production. I disagree completely. The lineup is the key element to a successful offense, Batting the right people according to their strengths at the right time is what separates good managers from bad ones.

mets74
mets74

Chris Young is a standup guy. He designated himself for assignment. I think.

birtelcom
birtelcom

Despite Eric Campbell's crucial homer in last night's game, Mets left-fielders still collectively have put up an OPS so far this season that if it doesn't improve would be the worst OPS by any team's left fielders in any season since 1982.

Lowest OPS from a Team's Left Fielders, 1982-2014:

Mets (2014) .580

Padres (1992) .584

Mariners (1992) and Astros (2014) .592

Indians (2012) .598

dearleader
dearleader

If Alderson gets either of these Rocky Mountain high players, then he should show himself out the door.

rico
rico

Matt why do you keep writng that Cargo is likely done this year? He IS done this year! He's going for surgery this week.

matmil
matmil

If the Mets can take 3 of 4 from Chicago then the season continues as unrealistic as it looks. If they split or worse then there is no reason to pitch DeGrom anymore this year. Just let Montero have his starts and let's see what he's got. Terry is not making the case that he is a pennant race manager so far, but hopefully they can stay in the hunt and we can see whether or not he has the know how to manage a winning team. His reluctance to changing the lineup in order to squeeze some more runs out of it tells me he is not the manager for this team going forward, but I'm willing to hold judgement for the rest of this season. Let's Go Mets.

atrain311
atrain311

We rip on Sandy (rightfully so) for moves that were mistakes. Let's be grateful for the moves he didn't make.

We'd all be saying things like "we're snake bitten" if we'd have gotten tulo and then he hardly played due to injury.

I agree, something needs to be done about ss but tulo wasn't the answer at the trade deadline.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

@birtelcom true, but Campbell and Kirk have the 3rd and 4th best OPS on the team (both over .750) and they get the least number of at bats.


Campbell hits .300 against righties.  He should really be given a shot to be the everyday LF.  He might surprise some people.



nncyel
nncyel

@matmil As if it was as easy as just rearranging the lineup to get more runs. 


There were many posters on here killing TC for always rearranging the lineup, playing this guy, playing that guy. Then when he goes with a set lineup for a period, posters are killing him for doing that. I know you guys all think you've got it figured out and if TC would just do the things you think he should do the team would be more successful. I think if Granderson and Wright were hitting like everyone hoped they would the team would be right in the thick of the wildcard chase. They haven't. Mets aren't. It has little to do with TC's lineups. 

mrgee
mrgee

And be thankful he didn't sign Drew, or choose Ike over Duda.

matmil
matmil

I agree IF Grandy and Wright were hitting like they are supposed to then this lineup would work better. However I think this lineup suffers from some major flaws. For one Grandersons power would be more helpful lower down in the lineup. As well as denDekkers speed would be better at the top of the lineup. Wright is not hitting they way we expect that is obvious to everyone, for at least the last month. Having your best hitter in the 3 spot is the normal way to make a lineup meaning Murphy should bat third. At this point it should be apparent who's having a good year and who isn't. Build the lineup accordingly and you'll get no complaints from me.

matmil
matmil

Yes be grateful for those things. But let's remember who built this offense as we'll. I'm not complaining about signing CY but they stayed with him too long. Both The CY signing and the Granderson signing were the result of an offensive philosophy on power hitters over speed and contact hitting. And obviously it didn't work. Can Alderson show the flexibility to shift his thinking for next year that will show whether or not he's a good GM.