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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recap: 2017 Spring Training - Game 28 - Mets (0) at Nationals (1) - Gsellman makes case to stick around

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  W: E. Fedde (2-0)   L: R. Gsellman (1-2)   S: B. Treinen (1)

Recap: 2017 Spring Training - Game 28 - Mets (0) at Nationals (1) - Gsellman makes case to stick around

Robert GsellmanRobert Gsellman continues to shine in the sunshine state. He pitched 5.1 innings, gave up four hits, 1 run (unearned), walked 2, and struck out 2. He is in prime position to take the 5th starter spot along with Seth Lugo, who played well in the World Baseball Classic. Gsellman lowered his spring ERA to 1.56. The Mets offense failed to come across with a run. Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Ty Kelly, and Xorge Carrillo had the four Mets hits, all singles.

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Mets News: 5 More Players Get Sent to Minors Camp

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Mets News: 5 More Players Get Sent to Minors Camp

The Mets announced that RHP Ben Rowen and Erik Goeddel, outfielder Travis Taijeron and infielders Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds have been reassigned to minor league camp.

They are all expected to begin the 2017 season playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Recap: 2017 Spring Training - Game 27 - Marlins (15) at Mets (9) - Matz and Wheeler Shaky, Granderson Homers Twice

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  W: J. Guerra (1-0)   L: Z. Wheeler (0-2)   S: N. Wittgren (1)

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Recap: 2017 Spring Training - Game 27 - Marlins (15) at Mets (9) - Matz and Wheeler Shaky, Granderson Homers Twice

It was a rough start for Steven Matz in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. He went 4 innings, gave up 8 hits, 5 earned runs, walked 1, struck out 1. Zack Wheeler piggy-backed Matz later in the game and he also did not fair well. He went 3 innings, gave up 4 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 3, and only struck out 1. Fernando Salas, who pitched in relief had a rough inning giving up 3 runs as well. On the offensive side, Curtis Granderson was the star of the game going 2 for 4 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI's. Neil Walker had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs. Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera also had 2 hits each. Jay Bruce also had a home run, a solo shot in the fifth inning.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review: Out Of The Park 18 - A True Baseball Simulation

Review: Out Of The Park 18 - A True Baseball Simulation

Thanks to Out of the Park Developments, I received a beta copy of the new Out Of The Park 18. Let me first off to say this is a true baseball simulation for anyone who desires to take full control of any Major League baseball team including managerial and GM duties. The sim like in most years has vastly improved including a 3D mode which allows you to visually watch the game unfold now with much-improved stadium backdrops. The game comes with all the 2017 MLB team's rosters, minor leagues with real players. Me being a Mets fan, I wanted to see how much detail there was in the farm system. There were top prospects like Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith (to name a few) for you to watch grow and promote. The GM aspect of the game gives you a chance to make real trades and not bogus one-sided trades. Again, as a Mets fan, I put on my GM cap and tried to play the role of Sandy Alderson. I wanted to see the value of Jay Bruce and let me tell you it gave me a real perspective of what's out there to pick from - not much (LOL). Also if you try to trade for a big time bat the computer AI asks for real life value. Players like Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and even in some cases, Matt Harvey gets asked for.  It is up to you to make difficult decisions and the make the team what you want to be. Want to sign that big free agent? Make sure you have the resources to do so. The team page will keep you informed on how much spending you have allocated throughout the season and off-season. There are so many things for you to do, it will keep you busy throughout the baseball season and beyond.

In manager mode, I played an exhibition game between the 2017 Mets and Yankees. I pitched Noah Syndergaard against the Yankees where he struck out 13 batters in 8 innings of play. Gary Sanchez, the Yankees prospect catcher hit a homer off Syndergaard in the first to command a 2-0 lead. The Yankees started Michael Pineda and he pitched 7 innings of baseball. To make the story short, the game remained tied 3-3 through 9 innings, so we went into extra frames. In the top of the 10th Jose Reyes belted a homer to right off Dellin Betances to make it 4-3 and the Mets sealed the deal with Jeurys Familia to complete the save and the victory.  I was a truly fun experience and I expect to play a complete season to see where I can take the Mets.

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