Monday, July 21, 2014

Tonight's (Monday) Mets Starting Lineup vs Mariners - Game 99


Tonight's (Monday) Mets Starting Lineup vs Mariners - Game 99


1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
5. Lucas Duda (L) DH
6. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
7. Chris Young (R) LF
8. Juan Lagares (R) CF
9. Ruben Tejada (R) SS

Mets Rumors: Shortstop won't come cheap, especially good ones


Mets Rumors: Shortstop won't come cheap, especially good ones


The New York Mets find themselves slumbering for offense with a core of mediocre players such as Ruben Tejada. Shortstop is one of the positions the Mets must upgrade to make a run at the division or even a wild card push. But some of the options that would make sense for the Mets would have to involve big prospects going the other way. The Noah Syndergaards of world have to be included to get anybody's blood flowing. The Mets can also ship other alternatives such as Rafael Montero and/or Wilmer Flores, who does not appear to have a future role with the big club. The Mets find themselves once again on the border of bad teams as the offensive woes run upon them. The Mets will have pitching depth with Jeremy Hefner (rehabbing) and Matt Harvey coming back to form for the 2015 season.

The shortstops  I think that would make sense for any GM to trade are ones that have large salaries attached to them. Three shortstops I think could help the Mets be a steadier at that position are Troy Tulowitzki, Elvis Andrus, and Starlin Castro. But they all could be to pricey for this Mets organization.

Andrus, a perfect lead-off hitter for the Mets has still yet to turn 26 and is already in the midst of his sixth consecutive above-average season. Though he has limited value at the plate, he rates as an excellent base-runner and defender. Despite signing a massive eight-year, $120MM extension that does not even kick in until next year, and which allows him to opt out if he is able to meet or exceed expectations, he is playing on a club that has fallen out of contention this year and which has several even younger options waiting in the wings.

Mets Rumors: The Phone Has Not Been Ringing off the hook for Bartolo Colon as of yet


In a Tweet from Mets beat writer of the Ny Post Mike Puma, he says that the phone has not been ringing off the hook for Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon as of yet.



Over his last four starts, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA. That comes after a strong June in which Colon helped carry the Mets rotation by going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

Colon, who is due $11 million next season, blamed a stomach ailment for his lackluster performance Friday, when he allowed four earned runs over five innings.

Preview: Game 99 - Mets at Mariners - Niese vs Elias


Preview: Game 99 -  New York Mets (46-52 - 21-29 away) at Seattle Mariners (52-46 - 24-26 home)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) vs Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 10:10 PM

Preview:

Rookie starter Roenis Elias is going through a rough patch at the moment, but that could be coming to an end as he faces the sputtering New York Mets' offense at home Monday night.

The signing of Robinson Cano immediately increased expectations for the Mariners (52-46), who are in third place behind major league-best Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle dropped two of three to the Angels over the weekend, though both defeats came on walk-off hits. Fernando Rodney blew a one-run lead in the ninth Sunday as the Mariners fell 5-4.

Robinson Cano is hitting .335, sat out the series finale with soreness in his hamstring and is considered day to day.

It's also been a rough go for Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA), who has lost his last three starts while posting a 10.05 ERA. He gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota in his last outing July 9.

The 25-year-old left-hander has given up at least four runs in five of his last seven starts.

Facing the Mets' lineup could be exactly what Elias needs.

New York (46-52) scored once over the final 18 innings while dropping the last two of a three-game set with San Diego, and it was no-hit through 7 2/3 innings of Sunday's 2-1 loss.

Daniel Murphy's double marked the Mets' first hit, and Seth Smith had an RBI single in the ninth

The Mariners are averaging only 2.2 runs over their last 13, and Mets starter Jon Niese will look to keep their lineup in check again as he comes off the disabled list.

Niese (5-4, 2.96) hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 17 starts, but his last outing was cut short due to a strained left elbow. He allowed one run and left after facing just three batters in New York's 6-5 win over Texas on July 4.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will head back to the bullpen with Niese returning, but manager Terry Collins said Matsuzaka could step in if the left-hander needs to exit early.

Niese has never faced Seattle, which has won seven of the nine all-time meetings. These teams haven't played since 2008.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Mets News: Mets DFA (P) Buddy Carlyle to make room for Jon Niese


Mets News:


The Mets have designated right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle for assignment to clear the roster spot for Monday's activation of Jon Niese from the disabled list.

Carlyle, 36, has produced a 1.29 ERA in five major league appearances this season.

He also was outrighted to Las Vegas on June 7 after clearing waivers. That time, Carlyle accepted the assignment to Triple-A.

That also means that Daisuke Matsuzaka is now a reliever, although he will be on standby Monday in case Niese has an issue in his first game action since a 12-pitch effort on July 4. Niese officially has been on the DL with a left shoulder strain. The Fourth of July start separately was shortened by getting struck with a line drive in the lower back.

Matsuzaka opened the season in the bullpen, marking the first time in his career in that role. He has a 2.22 ERA and opponents are hitting only .145 in 17 relief appearances this season. Still, he has walked 19 in 24 1/3 innings in that role.

Collins met with Matsuzaka on Sunday morning to inform him of the decision. Matsuzaka is 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA in nine starts in 2014.
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