Monday’s minor league recaps…

Las Vegas infielder Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 22 games Monday night in Tacoma with a 3-for-5 effort. He’s hit safely in 22 of 23 games since being demoted.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

David Wright is giddy to catch Mike Piazza

Mets took Wright out to dinner, wouldn’t let him pay

The Mets surprised David Wright and took him out to dinner to mark his 10th anniversary in the major leagues.

Wright tried to pay, as usual, but the team refused.

The team captain said he was touched by the gesture.


Listen to Wright talk about the dinner and his 10 years in the MLB…

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Mariners

The Mets are in Seattle for the start of their three-game series against the Mariners.

Mets Pre Game begins at 9 p.m. on SNY. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) will start for the Mets, while Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA) pitches for the Mariners.

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1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Willie Bloomquist – SS
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. James Jones – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Robinson Cano – 2B
4. Eric Campbell – 1B 4. Kyle Seager – 3B
5. Lucas Duda – DH 5. Stefen Romero – RF
6. Travis d’Arnaud – C 6. Justin Smoak – 1B
7. Chris Young – LF 7. Corey Hart – DH
8. Juan Lagares – CF 8. Dustin Ackley – LF
9. Ruben Tejada – SS 9. Mike Zunino – C

 

Teams have still not contacted Mets about Bartolo Colon

As of Sunday, team had to start contacting the Mets about possibly acquiring RHP Bartolo Colon, according to a source (NY Post, July 20).

It was reported earlier in this month that teams were likely to show significant interest in trading for the 41-year-old pitcher (Cafardo, July 13).


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The Yankees, A’s, Blue Jays, Angels, Orioles, Brewers, Indians, Pirates and Mariners have all been listed in reports as teams that could have interest in acquiring Colon.

According to former GM now ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, the Mets can expect to be offered one, good upper-level prospect for Colon (ESPN Insider, June 27).

Colon will earn $9 million this season, and is due $11 million in 2015.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

July 17: I expect the Mets to play his market like they did last year with Marlon Byrd. I bet they talk with a lot of teams this July, ask for way too much and – unless some team overpays, which they will not – no deal will get done. Instead, Colon keeps pitching for the Mets through early August. However, if the Mets struggle to get over .500, if they slip a bit, and if enough teams remain interested, my hunch is – like Byrd – Colon could get moved through waivers for a couple of minor leaguers >> Read more.

Opinion: The tale of two seasons

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I want to believe. I do. But, Sunday’s loss to the Padres was a microcosm of this season so far, and until these guys reach .500 it’s going to remain difficult for me to totally buy in to any talk of a playoff race, despite how wide open the division and wild card may seem.

The Mets hit the All-Star break having won 8 of 10 at home, then rallied from behind to win a fun game Friday night to kick of a three-game road series against the Padres, who are the worst hitting team in the big leagues. And, of course, just as I started to let myself think, “OK, maybe the start of this second half will be different, maybe this time they’ll come out rocking and keep up momentum,’ they drop two in a row to lose the series…


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In the series finale, the Mets trailed all day — without a hit — until tying it up on the eighth inning. I’m thinking, again, there’s a chance, maybe I was right, maybe this time will be different, maybe these guys can make a run at this game, this division, this playoff race, then - bam - errors, runs and a loss. Back to reality, which is this: As the Mets begin seven road games through Seattle and Milwaukee, they are six games below .500, nine losses behind the Nationals (for the division) and seven losses behind the Dodgers (for the wild card) and there are just 64 games left to play. It’s an uphill fight with a young team that has not been over .500 in months…


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That said, because the starting rotation looks so good, because Travis d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda no longer look like busts, because Curtis Granderson has shaken off his rough start, because Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia look like a terrific one-two punch in the bullpen, and because Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard are waiting in the wings, despite the reality about the standings, this season often still feels like a success. Or, at the very least, it gives off a feeling like things are legitimately moving in a good direction.

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Zack Wheeler is on a roll…

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is 2-2 with a 1.42 ERA in his last four starts, during which he’s allowed four runs and struck out 21 batters in 25 innings pitched.

He threw six innings and tossed 106 pitches Sunday against the Padres.

“I finished (the first half of the season) strong and I tried to carry the confidence over and keep doing the same thing that I finished up doing,” Wheeler said.



Wheeler, 24, has made 37 career starts and is 12-13 with a 3.61 ERA, while throwing a quality start in 62 percent of his outings.

David Wright made his big-league debut 10 years ago today

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Ten years ago today, David Wright made his major league debut. He went 0 for 4, but his team eked out a 5-4 victory after blowing an early 3-0 lead. His first big-league hit, a double, came the next day >> Watch here. He has since become the organization’s all-time leader in a number of offensive categories, including hits, doubles and RBI.

“Coming into the clubhouse and seeing your jersey hanging for the first time, it was pretty surreal,” Wright said of his debut (New York Post, July 15). “I probably tried my jersey on and stood in front of the mirror for quite some time that day soaking it all in.”

In 2004, when Wright first stepped on the field at Shea Stadium, the baseball world was pretty different. The Red Sox were still “cursed,” as were the Chicago White Sox. Barry Bonds was the offensive ruler of the National League, if not all of baseball. Roger Clemens won the National League Cy Young Award. And the Florida – not Miami – Marlins were the reigning World Series champs.


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The National League East landscape looked a bit different back then, too…


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This is the year Noah Syndergaard learned to pitch

21-year-old Mets RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard will remember 2014 as the year he learned to pitch, he told reporter Jared Diamond (Wall Street Journal, July 18).

“I feel like my stuff is there from the physical part of the game,” Syndergaard said, according to Diamond. “It’s just all about the mental aspect.”

He is 7-5 with a 5.74 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas. He has thrown 84 2/3 innings, leaving him to make around 10-12 starts this year, given the innings limit the team set for him in Spring Training.

Syndergaard dropped from being the third best right-handed pitching prospect down to fifth on MLB.com’s recent mid-season top prospect list.

He said he was constantly thinking about the Super Two cut-off date earlier this summer, since it may have indicated a promotion to Queens sooner than later. However, so far, Syndergaard is still pitching in Las Vegas, unlike Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, who were promoted almost immediately during their first summer’s in Triple-A.

“They were older and more polished pitchers,” Syndergaard told Diamond. “They were ready at that point. And right now, I don’t think I’m ready.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

July 17: My hunch is that we’ll see Syndergaard starting for the Mets some time in August. I realize that in late June, Terry Collins told reporters it is possible Syndergaard may not see big-league action this year, despite starting the season ranked by MLB.com as the third-best right-handed pitching prospect in baseball >> Read more.

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ICYMI: Sandy Alderson has yet to have meaningful trade talks with other GMs

This post originally appeared July 19, 2014…

Sandy Alderson indicated that he has yet to have significant talks with other GMs about potential trades, he told reporters in San Diego on Friday.

“It’s hard to say exactly what will happen on the trade market,” he said. “Honestly, I haven’t had a lot of conversations. So it’s not clear to me what the opportunities will be. We’ll just have to wait and see. My hope is things pick up a little bit as we get into the schedule after the All-Star break, and maybe even after this weekend. But right now we’re just kind of canvassing the possibilities.”

Earlier in the day, he said the Mets will not trade prospects for players in the final year of their contracts at the trade deadline (NY Post, July 18).

That said, while it’s possible he could trade away a veteran player for another team’s young players, he added, “It wouldn’t be our first choice, I don’t think, but it’s a possibility.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

No doubt, most fans will freak out over this and see it as Sandy sitting on his hands. The reality is that most GMs are called in when a legitimate opportunity develops. The preliminary work is mostly done by his staff, specifically John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi’s team of player development people. They have ‘low level talks,’ as people say, to start, and if a match starts to materialize, GMs get involved to close the deal. So, Sandy’s above quote likely indicates no deal is close in a market that has been slow to develop in a meaningful way – probably because so many teams remain on the fence between in and out of contention. And, I’m sure this is the case for most teams at this point…