The Mets re-acquired OF Eric Young, Jr. from the Braves this past weekend.
He had been hitting .248 with 23 stolen bases in 67 games for Atlanta’s Triple-A affiliate.
In a post to SportsBlog.com, Young says he is excited to be coming back to the Mets (Aug. 26, 2015).
“It’s a reminder about why it’s important to leave on a good note,” writes Young, who left the Mets for the Braves as a free agent this past winter. “When they heard the news, most of the coaching staff, and pretty much everybody that was there when I was there, reached out to me. I knew I had good relationships with my Mets teammates before I left, but now that I’m coming back, and everybody is excited, it feels great. … I would like to think that I’ll be getting called up soon. I’m ready for this last month. I don’t know how they are going to form that particular roster, but first we have to get to the playoffs and then worry about that. I’m just excited to be here and help.”
Matthew Cerrone: This is an important acquisition, because the Mets lack someone on the bench who can come in late during a game and steal a base. Young can do it. So, I think it’s very possible he gets called up in September. And if the Mets are fortunate enough to hold on and make the playoffs, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him on the roster. Because, again, in a postseason series, when it becomes a smaller, tighter game, the ability to steal and move a runner along — especially late in games — becomes super important.
David Wright did not play Wednesday after starting his first two games back from the disabled list.
Manager Terry Collins said he plans to have Wright in Thursday’s starting lineup against the Phillies, as well as have him start the two games after that, which are at home against the Red Sox.
“We are making progress. He feels good today and that is a good sign,” Collins said on Wednesday. “One thing I don’t want to do is kill this guy right out of the gate.”
Wright’s next day off will likely be Sunday, according to Collins.
“I am really happy the bat speed is there. He’s moving good, but again as I said before, you can see him adjusting to the level of play here, the speed of the game up here,” Collins said. “I think he’s gonna be fine.”
Wright is 2-for-9 since returning to the Mets, though he’s hitless in his last seven at-bats. He’s also been charged with two errors in the field.
The Mets have a .556 winning percentage, which puts them on pace to win 90 games this season.
Terry Collins admitted to reporters Wednesday that in June he didn’t think 90 wins would be possible.
“With the way some of the things were going, we certainly didn’t think that,” Collins said. “But, we’re not looking at that. We’re looking at trying to win our division and play good baseball for the next month.”
The Mets have a 6.5 lead over the Nationals, who are just 12-18 the last 30 games, during which the Mets are 21-9.
“I really don’t care,” Bryce Harper told the New York Times about the Mets current six-game winning streak (Aug. 26. 2015). “If we don’t win, it really doesn’t matter. We’ve just got to keep winning ballgames. If something happens and we don’t make it, it’s part of the game. We’ve just got to keep playing hard and play till the end.”
RHP Erik Goeddel, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and C Kevin Plawecki are expected to be among the players the Mets add when rosters expand to 40 on September 1, Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the New York Post (Aug. 26. 2015).
Nieuwenhuis and Plawecki are currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, while Goeddel – who hasn’t pitched for the Mets since June 11 due to injury – is rehabbing with Double-A Binghamton.
Plawecki started the majority of the time with the Mets during both of Travis d’Arnaud‘s disabled list stints, hitting .228 with a .283 OBP and .296 SL, including two home runs and 17 RBI in 62 games.
Double-A LHP Josh Smoker is not expected to be promoted, according to Alderson.
Matthew Cerrone: Goeddel, Kirk and Plawecki make total sense. I’m willing to bet Dario Alvarez and Eric Young Jr. will be promoted too, and maybe Bobby Parnell. However, I’m surprised there is no mention of Dillon Gee and Vic Black, mostly because they’re veterans, they’ve played a role in this team’s success and it would be nice to see them share in what’s going on now, but also because they solve two needs, which is a spot starter and another bullpen arm. Who knows, maybe that will eventually change?
That said, there is no much room for Smoker, so I guess it makes sense to leave him off. He’s not on the 40-man roster, so that essentially seals his fate. But, he hasn’t pitched very well to left-handed hitters, depite him being a left-handed reliever. So, I don’t know what his role would be, even if he was currently on the 40-man. Instead, it makes sense to leave him where he is, though I do believe he’ll be a big topic of conversation next spring…
Ron Darling answered your questions, presented by Citi
Ron Darling answered questions from fans on MetsBlog earlier today, presented by Citi
Question: Should the Mets put Matz in the bullpen?
Ron: I think what they should do is use him as a starter when he comes back. Use him until they get to a point where they have locked up a postseason berth. I think there is a long way to go and Washington will make another run. You need him in the rotation to make sure that the innings limits aren’t reached.
Question: Should the Mets pitch Syndergaard at home in the playoffs or is it not an issue?
Ron: It’s definitely an issue, He has provedn that he has pitched much better at home. He feels more comfortable there. Remember, he’s a 22-year-old kid. I wouldn’t start him in game one. I’d pitch him in game 2. You would have to decide who would pitch Game 1 or 3. All of those are great decisions but Syndergaard is in the rotation, I would pitch him in the second game. Absolutely.
In this week’s Mostly Mets podcast, hosts Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by Mets beat reporter for the Wall Street Journal Jared Diamond to talk about the return of David Wright, the recent offensive fireworks, the future 6-man rotation and more…
Michael Cuddyer went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday as the Mets offense continued their hot hitting to win 9-4 against the Phillies.
Cuddyer, who’s hitting .359 since coming off the disabled list, hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to extend the team’s lead to 6-0. The runs provided crucial insurance after the bullpen allowed four Phillies to score in the bottom of the eighth inning.
“Obviously when you get production, your confidence goes up and everything snowballs from there,” Cuddyer said after the game, roughly two weeks after returning from the DL with a sore left knee. “I feel good at the plate. The knee feels good.”
Cuddyer had endured a 7-for-56 slump when the Mets offense hit a lull in from mid-June to early-July, but he has been a catalyst for the team’s resurgence over the past week. In that time, he has three multi-hit games in each of his last three starts, and his home run Wednesday gave the Mets their 40th of the month, which ties their franchise record.
“When you talk about hitting being contagious, that’s kind of what it is,” Cuddyer said. “Once you get rolling, you stop putting the pressure on yourself. Earlier in the year, I think that’s what we talked about and we harped on. We were putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to score runs, get on base.”
The Mets have scored at least 10 runs six times in their last 29 games. By comparison, they scored double-digits just twice in their first 97 games this year.
They currently lead the majors with 146 runs scored in August (17 more than the next-best National League team), a stark contrast from scoring just 84 runs in June.
“This last month, month and a half, because we have faith and confidence in the guys around us, ultimately you take the pressure off yourself,” Cuddyer said. “And you have success.”
Matthew Cerrone: It’s like the Giants or Cardinals, in that they have one or two fixtures and the rest of the lineup is very interchangeable and consistent. It’s the Cuddyer, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson crowd, who have a track record, but who are saying, “Whatever it takes, all hands on deck, check your ego at the door.” It’s the message they were pushing in spring training, when (like the Cardinals) David Wright insisted every player travel to road games, as opposed to people staying back at camp. Understandably, the results vanished when they were running out a Triple-A lineup through most of the summer. But, now with a well-rounded, humble group of guys, several of which are tested and have survived pennant races during the dog days of summer before, they’re cohesive and jamming as a group.
They’re scoring because of solid at-bats, putting the ball in play, moving the line along and giving themselves repeated chances to score. They’re not the 1927 Yankees. They’re like the 2010-2012 Giants, who did enough, consistently, day and after day, so when the pitching was on, they won. Period. This is what we’re watching and it’s great to see. Hopefully, they can keep it up for at least another four weeks… another 10 weeks would be even better.