Dan Warthen and Terry Collins watch Matt Harvey

What’s on Tap for Monday, March 2

Mets pitchers and catchers will continue their workouts at Tradition Field on Monday.

Matt Harvey will throw batting practice to hitters swinging bats today, for the first time since having surgery in 2013.

The Mets play their first Spring Training game on Wednesday, when they take on the Braves in Disney.

In case you missed it this weekend

Terry Collins said he’s leaning toward playing Michael Cuddyer in left field, with Curtis Granderson in right field >> Read more

Lucas Duda is still a week away from swinging a bat in a game >> Read more

Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins said that contrary to reports, he was open to being traded to the Mets >> Read more

New hitting coach Kevin Long discussed what his approach will be >> Read more


Matthew Cerrone’s photos from Mets camp on Sunday…

John Mayberry Jr

Four things we learned from John Mayberry’s Q&A on Sunday…

SNY.TV’s Robert Brender talked with Mets OF John Mayberry Jr. at Tradition Field on Sunday.

Here are four things we learned from Mayberry during the interview, which you can listen to in full at the end of this post…

1. So far, his teammates have proven to be a great group of guys, and they clearly have a lot of potential.

2. The Mets have as much ability as anyone in the division, which he feels qualified saying given he’s bene in the NL East the last six years.

3. He’s enjoyed learning new things by watching Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, David Wright and other new teammates work in camp.

4. He’s open to playing any position the Mets decide to put him in.

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Cuddyer is deaf in one ear, but won’t stop him from playing LF

Michael Cuddyer is deaf in his left ear due to an illness as a child.

On Sunday, Terry Collins said he’s leaning toward playing Cuddyer in left field with Curtis Granderson in right.

This won’t be an issue for Cuddyer and his hearing, he said.

“Not even in the slightest,” Cuddyer said about if his loss of hearing will hurt his play, according to reporter Jared Diamond (WSJ, March 1).

Cuddyer has played almost exclusively in right field during his time in the outfield.

Photo (and thought) from PSL: Flores and Tejada still don’t look great on infield

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com

I want to believe in Wilmer Flores, and I think he’ll be fine, but it’s so clear watching him and Ruben Tejada that neither is an ideal option in the field. Tejada is more natural, obviously, but even he is not very quick in his movements, throws, footwork, etc… In fact, still, I hear Terry Collins taking shots at Ruben’s speed and hustle, while joking out loud to fans edging the infield. That said, while they made every routine play, it’s just a lot of anxious feet, locked ankles and hard hands…


The data indicates Flores (or whomever is at shortstop) will likely get the least amount of opportunities than any other shortstop in the National League, thanks to the strike-out and fly-ball rates of his pitching staff. And, in games when Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese are pitching, I’m sure Tejada will get the start instead. But, neither is ideal.

Again, I think the net of it will be fine, given Wilmer’s bat, Tejada as a defensive upgrade and the ground ball data, but the downside continues to be massive at such an important position for the Mets.

Terry Collins 9 (Baron)

Terry Collins spoke to the media on Sunday and here’s what we learned…

1) Collins said he’s leaning toward using Michael Cuddyer in left field and Curtis Granderson in right field.

2) The manager reiterated that David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Cuddyer and Granderson will sit out the first two games of spring training.

3) Juan Lagares will lead off on Wednesday, in the first spring training game against the Braves.

4) Lucas Duda is still a week away from swinging in a game due to his left intercostal strain.

5) Zack Wheeler deserves consideration for the Mets opening day starter nod, Collins said.

Photos from PSL: Wright tried to get Cliff Floyd to take BP

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com

Cliff Floyd is in Mets camp, doing work with SNY. He’ll work a handful of games for the network this year, and as a fan of his it’s great seeing him here, around the team and talking it up with players, especially his old boy David Wright.

Wright spotted Floyd holding Michael Cuddyer‘s bat…


Naturally, Wright started on Floyd, and along came Kevin Long, both pushing him to get in the batter’s box…


Wright offered up his bat and gloves, but Floyd wouldn’t bite…


Oh well, I don’t blame him. It’s too bad, though, despite being 42, he looks to be in great shape and would probably have done some damage had he taken a few cuts. In either case, like I said, it’s just nice seeing him back in the local mix…

Daniel Murphy is driving the ball, using lower body, thanks to Kevin Long

March 1, 2015, 9:00 am

New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long already has Daniel Murphy using the lower-half of his body and driving the ball more, the All-Star second baseman told SNY’s Mets Hot Stove on Saturday night.

“It’s been awesome, to tell you the truth,” Murphy said about working with Long. “He’s got me getting back in to my legs. I have really good hands and eyes, which can sometimes be a detriment with how I attack the ball because I just use my hands and not my lower body. Now I’m really driving my back leg in to the ground, which has made me a little more efficient and given me more time to see the ball and it’s carrying more in batting practice.”

Murphy says he is not concerned with where he hits in the lineup, because, unlike past years, the lineup is so deep, their job is too simply keep the line moving and, “pass along the baton.”

Also on Saturday’s spring training Hot Stove Show, host Steve Gelbs was joined by Cliff Floyd to discuss how teams make the most of a rainy day during Spring Training >> Watch here

Lastly, Mets SS Wilmer Flores discussed his role with the team and his ability to produce at the plate >> Watch here.


Collins doesn’t mind Jose Reyes criticizing Ruben Tejada

March 1, 2015, 8:10 am

Terry Collins said he has no problem with Jays SS Jose Reyes being critical of Ruben Tejada.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with one of your peers challenging you once in a while,” Collins said (Newsday, Mar. 1). “Reyes is a guy who gets ready to play. I think the world of Jose Reyes. Apparently, he may know something I don’t. … They were good buddies when they were here and I think Jose might know some things that I don’t know.”

Reyes critical of Tejada not earning everyday SS job

February 27, 2015, 4:39 pm

Reyes is disappointed to see Tejada miss his chance to take hold of the starting shortstop job for the Mets when he had the chance, he told reporter Anthony Reiber (Newsday, Feb. 27).

“Something’s wrong,” Reyes said, who played with Tejada on the Mets in 2010 and 2011, and he wasn’t referring to the team’s decision-making process. “Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice. What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don’t know if he gets it or not.”

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