Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Look out, the Mets have created a Mr. Met account on Twitter, and it’s being presented as the actual Mr. Met writing the tweets.
The team told me this morning this is an official account.
So, Mets, please, please don’t make him say or do something that will end up making me dislike him. He’s the best. Don’t mess this up. Plus, my kids love him as well. They think he’s hysterical. My wife is a die-hard Yankees fan. Mr. Met may be my best shot at making my little girls Mets fans.
Mr. Met has been essentially voiceless since he stepped on field in 1964. Sure, his actions often speak louder than words. However, fans are always able to project on to him whatever we want. For the most part, despite some tumultuous times on field, Mr. Met remains popular, mostly because he never says anything stupid about winning or losing, he doesn’t make excuses, he doesn’t talk about spending, or selling things. Frankly, his only interaction is pointing at people. Now, for the first time ever, he’s talking…
Proceed with caution, Mets. Remember, you are what you tweet…
Michael Baron, Contributor
On Sunday, Terry Collins suggested to reporters only Eric Young Jr. and Chris Young are being considered as the team’s leadoff hitter heading into the regular season.
Collins said, if Juan Lagares is the center fielder, Chris Young would be the leadoff hitter and left fielder. Otherwise, Eric Young Jr. would be the everyday left fielder hitting in the leadoff spot, with Chris Young in center.
“It’s going to be a tough call,” Collins said on Sunday. “We know what Juan is defensively — he’s as good a center fielder as there is. But we’ve gotta take a look at both sides of the baseball. We’ve gotta make sure we can do something about producing some runs. We can’t have a lot of holes.”
No matter what, it’s highly likely Lagares will be on the active roster when camp breaks later this month (Rubin, March 9).
Eric Young Jr. certainly has shown glimpses of being a quality leadoff hitter. I love his speed and his potential to transform the lineup and disrupt games on the base paths. However, he is probably best suited as a fourth outfielder or utility infielder. Otherwise – as was the case last year – he runs the risk of being overexposed.
On the flip side, there might be just as many questions about Lagares. He swung at way too many pitches outside the strike zone last year and he needs to get on-base more frequently. He did show promise in the Dominican League this past winter, but the regular season is a different animal.
However, his ability to take runs away from the opposition with his glove might outweigh his offensive deficiencies. Team insiders acknowledged the value of outfield defense during the off-season, especially at Citi Field and the other big ballparks in the division. I agree, and I ultimately believe Lagares has a greater ability to contribute towards winning – with his defense alone – than any other current centerfield option on the 40-man roster.
I have to believe the Mets will value Lagares’ superior defense to what Eric Young Jr. might be able to contribute offensively. Lagares, flanked by Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, form one of the best defensive outfields in baseball. If winning is as important as people within the organization say it is, then putting the best combination out there, which plays to the strengths of their ballpark, should be the top priority.
Read More about the Outfield competition…
John Harper of the Daily News believes Juan Lagares should get the nod in the center field >> Read More
In the end, it may simply be a battle between offense and defense, according to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record >> Read More
There is also a scenario that puts Chris Young hitting leadoff, Terry Collins, according to ESPN New York >> Read More
The Marlins got 19 hits and three walks and defeated the Mets, 11-1, at Tradition Field on Monday.
faced 18 batters in four innings, he gave up five hits, three runs and struck out one.
Jack Leathersich gave up two runs, including a home run by Giancarlo Stanton that hit the fence on the practice field behind Tradition Field.
Mets RHP Ryan Ried faced nine batters, gave up six hits and four runs in the eighth inning.
The Mets had just seven runners in scoring position.
SNY.TV’s full recap and boxscore >> Click Here
Jon Niese makes his first official start of the spring as the Mets travel to Jupiter to face the Cardinals 1:10 pm on Tuesday.
Mets SS Ruben Tejada bobbled a ground ball in the field today, then made a high throw to first, botching a potential inning-ending play at first or second base.
SNY’s Keith Hernandez, Bob Ojeda and Kevin Burkhardt then had the following exchange on air about the shortstop position:
“I’m beginning to think that maybe it’s in Ruben’s head now, his defensive game.”
Burkhardt: “He needs a shot of confidence, Keith, there is no question about it. He made that error the other day, he made a couple of misplays in that game, and he just doesn’t seem as confident. You know, he’s doubting himself and I don’t know that things have been helped by the shots put out by the organization. I really don’t think that has helped, to be quite honest.”
Ojeda: “He just looks like he’s in between at the plate and in between defensively. It stems from not knowing who is yet. He doesn’t have a basis for who he is and he’s searching. The game starts moving real fast at this level.”
Burkhardt: “If you’re Tejada, you come in, you do what the organization asked – he clearly wasn’t in the shape they wanted, he didn’t have a good year – so he goes to camp in Michigan, gets in shape, does everything, gets to camp early, then immediately upon camp starting there are shots in the newspaper about Tejada not being in the shape they want. I don’t know that that was the best way to start things with him when he did everything you asked him to do.”
Hernandez: “Look, he’s in the doghouse last year. … If you feel like you’re not liked by the front office, you’re not going to perform up to peak unless you’re a real hard-nosed guy and the attitude has to be: ‘I’ll show those son of a guns, watch me.’ That’s the kind of attitude you’ve got to take.”
Burkhardt: “Here’s the thing, if they don’t think he’s the shortstop, they’ve got to find someone else who is. That’s the bottom line.”
Hernandez: “Well, I don’t think he’s in camp.”
Ojeda: “They’re gonna try Wilmer Flores later on this week. Is there enough time left in camp to make that decision?”
Hernandez: “I don’t know if Flores is gonna have the range. I have to see his arm. I don’t think he’s got the arm from shortstop. We’ll see.”
Sandy Alderson said Tejada looked rusty in his return last week.
“I don’t want to put a microscope on Ruben at this point,” Alderson said (ESPN NY, Mar. 9). “Let’s let him play a little bit and see where we are.”
The Mets optioned LHP Josh Edgin to the minors on Monday.
They also optioned LHP Steven Matz, RHP Erik Goeddel, infielder Wilfredo Tovar and outfielder Cesar Puello.
The team reassigned LHP Jack Leathersich, RHP John Church, RHP Logan Verrett, LHP Adam Kolarek, RHP Chasen Bradford, catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Danny Muno, infielder Dustin Lawley, outfielder Brandon Nimmo and outfielder Cory Vaughn to minor league camp.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This past Sunday, in tweet posted early in the day, Matt Harvey said, “2014 Harvey day will happen.”
Sandy Alderson told reporters: “Look, I can’t control what he tweets or says… If that’s how he feels, that’s his perspective and we’ll see where it goes.”
Harvey’s tweet was deleted later in the day.
The Mets have said since late February that Harvey will only talk with media in team-designated, group sessions, he will not be doing one-on-one interviews, as they look to minimize expectations and control communication about his recovery.
Alderson told the New York Post: “We’re looking to have him ready to go for 2015. There is no looking to have him ready for 2014.’’
Alderson has gone as far as to say Harvey will not be the story of this team in 2014. Instead, at the very least, he seems to prefer to push the discussion off until mid-summer, or about the time Harvey begins throwing from a mound, before openly talking about when he may or may not pitch in a big-league game.
Typically, a pitcher misses the entire next season after having Tommy John surgery. Alderson is wise to assume Harvey will be the same. That said, I love that Matt wants to be back yesterday. I love that he has no quit in him and I love how much he wants to be the best. It’s inspiring, and makes me feel better about this team’s future than anything happening on field right now, which is why it’s so disappointing how quiet the team is keeping his recovery.
He still has Twitter. He’s still going to have a mic in his face when he goes to a club or walks a red carpet with a supermodel in Manhattan this summer. He still communicates with beat reporters and fans. He’s still going to get magazine requests for interviews and photo shoots. Instead of deleting tweets and building walls, the Mets should just accept what they have in Harvey and start working with him, not against him.
To make matters worse, I’ve heard from more than one person in their clubhouse that Harvey was very insulted and dejected by having his locker moved from being around the big-league players in to the way back of the room. I remember being confused when I got to St. Lucie and looked around the room to see where his stuff was, only to be told he was in the corner by the showers. I don’t blame him for being embarrassed. I was embarrassed for him. I hope this only motivates him more than he already is. My first thought when I saw the location of his locker was: This is ridiculous, I hope he comes back and goes 30-0 next year. Imagine how he feels…
Lastly, let’s be honest, there is a decent chance his recovery ends up being more interesting in September than anything occurring in Citi Field. They may end up being able to charge more for his minor-league rehab starts than actual games. I hope this isn’t the case, but he’s that fascinating, promising and awesome that the team may want to reconsider how they view him.
Matt Harvey’s fame and potential dominance — even when injured — is an asset to this franchise, not a threat… at least not yet.
The Mets will host the Marlins at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Monday. The game will air live on SNY.
Bartolo Colon will make his first Grapefruit League start for the Mets. Miguel Socolovich, Scott Rice, Jeff Walters and Vic Black are also expected to pitch.
You can track the game online via SNY Gameday.
|1. Eric Young Jr – LF
||1. Rafael Furcal – 2B
|2. Chris Young – CF
||2. Christian Yelich – LF
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Giancarlo Stanton – DH
|4. Curtis Granderson – RF
||4. Garrett Jones – 1B
|5. Josh Satin – 1B
||5. Jeff Baker – 3B
|6. Travis d’Arnaud – DH
||6. Jake Marisnick – CF
|7. Anthony Recker – C
||7. Reed Johnson – RF
|8. Anthony Seratelli – 2B
||8. Jeff Mathis – C
|9. Ruben Tejada – SS
||9. Adeiny Hechavaria – SS
21 days until Opening Day…
The Mets will travel to Las Vegas to play the Cubs this weekend in spring training exhibition game.
Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to start Sunday (ESPN NY, Mar. 10).
Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares and Bobby Parnell are players expected to make the 25-man roster that are also scheduled to make the trip.
Mets closer Bobby Parnell allowed one unearned run during Sunday’s win over the Braves.
He gave up a hit and struck out one batter. It was his first official game appearances since ending last season early to have surgery on a herniated disc in his neck.
“That’s a huge step, to see him out there for the first time and really see him let loose,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s been a little tentative in the pen, I understand it, but he threw the ball great. Those last five or six, he let go good.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Parnell sets up the rest of the bullpen. If he’s the closer on Opening Day, Vic Black and Jose Valverde will likely be his set-up men. It’s still a seemingly weak bullpen. However, there is potential, because any one of these young arms can end up injecting life we are not expecting. And, if they’re not working out, Sandy Alderson can swap that guy out with someone else in the farm system, and so on and so on. I like this strategy. The problem for us, as fans and media, will be remaining patient as they work to find the right mix. But, that is all the more reason why a healthy Parnell is so important.
Read More about Bobby Parnell’s relief appearance Sunday…
Bobby Parnell is excited about how Sunday went and he’s already looking forward to what’s next >> Read More
He was supposed to toss a bullpen session, but instead talked the team in to letting him throw in a game >> Read More
Last week’s intrasquad game was one thing, Sunday he was able to kick in a second gear >> Read More
Collins believes Parnell is the key to the entire bullpen >> Read More