Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mets News and Notes: Montero, Pitcher 8th?, Mets Value, Parnell, Murphy, Lefty in Pen, Cuddyer/Granderson, Wheeler



Mets News and Notes: Montero, Pitcher 8th?, Mets Value, Parnell, Murphy, Lefty in Pen, Cuddyer/Granderson, Wheeler



Montero Makes the bullpen
Rafael Montero officially remains in a competition with Dillon Gee for the fifth starter's job. However, Mets officials acknowledge Gee is highly likely to get the rotation nod, and Montero likely is ticketed for relief at the major league level to begin the season.

Asked where Montero fits in, Collins said Wednesday: "On the team -- somewhere."

Montero suggested he is fine with any role.

"Minor leagues I was a starting pitcher," Montero said through an interpreter. "Now, in the big leagues, I'm ready to pitch. … In the minor leagues, I want to start. That's in the minor leagues. But here in the big leagues that's their decision."

Pitcher to bat 8th?
Manager Terry Collins said he plans to bat Matt Harvey eighth on Friday when the New York Mets face the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter.

As first reported by the Post, that would give Collins an opportunity to use Juan Lagares as the No. 9 hitter, in a "second leadoff" spot. And it would mean a top of the order of Curtis Granderson No. 1, followed by David Wright No. 2.

The Mets started the pitcher in the No. 8 slot 10 times last season. Jacob deGrom got five starts there and Jon Niese four starts because they are the most capable with the bat.

Forbes values the Mets at $1.35 Billion
The New York Mets are worth $1.35 billion, which ranks seventh in Major League Baseball, according to the latest annual rankings from Forbes.

The franchises that are more valuable than the Mets, according to the magazine:

1. New York Yankees, $3.2 billion

2. Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.4 billion

3. Boston Red Sox, $2.1 billion

4. San Francisco Giants, $2.0 billion

5. Chicago Cubs, $1.8 billion

6. St. Louis Cardinals, $1.4 billion

Happy Recap: Spring Game 23 - Mets (7) at Yankees (2) - Mets rattle Yanks Tanaka, Lagares Homers - drives in two


Happy Recap: Spring Game 23 - Mets (7) at Yankees (2) - Mets rattle Yanks Tanaka, Lagares Homers - drives in two


Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs and four hits while pitching into the fifth inning Wednesday for the New York Yankees in a 7-2 loss to the rival Mets.

After allowing an unearned run in the first, Tanaka gave up a solo homer to John Mayberry, Jr. in the fourth The third run charged to Tanaka came when struggling closer candidate Dellin Betances gave up Juan Lagares' two-run shot during the fifth.

Tanaka struck out seven and walked one in 4 2/3 innings. The Yankees' expected opening-day starter, against Toronto on April 6, was coming off two starts where the he had given up two hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings.

Alex Rodriguez grounded a single to left in three at-bats as the designated hitter for the Yankees, and is hitting .290 (9 for 31).

New York general manager Brian Cashman said before the game that Rodriguez has pushed himself into full-time DH consideration. A-Rod, who turns 40 in July, missed last season serving a drug suspension.

Mets Starter RHP Rafael Montero gave up one run, three hits and had four strikeouts in four innings.

Mets centerfielder  Juan Lagares went 2 for 3 with 1 SB,  2 RBI's. John Mayberry Jr. went 2 for 3 with HR and RBI, and Travis d'Arnaud went 2 for 3 with a RBI. Matt den Dekker went 1 for 2 with one run driven in.

Injury Notes:
Closer Bobby Parnell (right elbow surgery) gave up a double and had a strikeout over one inning in a minor league game. He previously pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday. "It was an improvement from last outing," said Parnell, who threw 17 pitches. "I felt like I was a little more in control and it was a step in the right direction. Parnell could return in May. ... 2B Daniel Murphy did baseball drills for the first time since straining his right hamstring March 19. He hit off a tee and took throws at first base. ... RHP Zack Wheeler had Tommy John surgery and has an expected recovery time of 14 months. ... 1B Lucas Duda was OK after being in the back by a pitch.

Who's Next?
Mets Pitcher RHP Jon Niese is scheduled to start Thursday against Washington LHP Gio Gonzalez. ... Opening-day starter Bartolo Colon will pitch Thursday in a minor league game.

Box Score:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mets News and Notes: Leathersich, Murphy, Black, Beimel, Flores


Mets News and Notes: Leathersich, Murphy, Black, Beimel, Flores

Leathersich sent down, roster at 39
Jack Leathersich was demoted to minor league camp after Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros, leaving three healthy left-handed relievers in camp.

Leathersich, 24, had a 9.64 ERA in 4 2/3 Grapefruit League innings. He allowed three hits, walked five and hit a batter while striking out four.

Leathersich's departure leaves Scott Rice, Rule 5 pick Sean Gilmartin and Dario Alvarez in major league camp, although the Mets might be more likely to go outside the organization during the final week of camp for left-handed relief help.

Leathersich, a former fifth-round pick out of UMass-Lowell, has gaudy minor league strikeout numbers: 334 in 197 1/3 innings. However, he relies on batters chasing a low-90s fastball up in the zone in order to record those strikeouts. Leathersich has struggled to get ahead in the count against upper-level minor leaguers, walking 36 and hitting four batters in 37 1/3 career Triple-A innings.

The Mets now have 39 players in major league camp, although that includes Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin, both of whom will miss the season.

Injury Updates Murphy, Black
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson expressed optimism Tuesday that second baseman Daniel Murphy will be ready for Opening Day, but expressed less confidence that reliever Vic Black would be ready for the April 6 game against the Washington Nationals in D.C.

Murphy has been sidelined since pulling his right hamstring in a Grapefruit League on March 19.

Recap: Spring Game 22 - Astros (4) at Mets (3) - Gee pitches four scoreless innings, Wright hits his 3rd HR of the spring


Recap: Spring Game 22 - Astros (4) at Mets (3) - Gee pitches four scoreless innings, Wright hits his 3rd HR of the spring

David Wright hit his third home run of spring training, a two-run drive in the New York Mets' 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

Wright, limited to eight home runs last year by a lingering shoulder injury, has three home runs and nine RBIs in his past seven games.

Mets starter Dillon Gee allowed four hits in four scoreless innings and struck out one. Houston's Collin McHugh gave up three runs -- two earned -- and two hits in five innings with seven strikeouts.

Gee is competing with Rafael Montero to be the Mets fifth starter.

Jake Marisnick was 2 for 2 with a solo homer and Luis Valbuena was 2 for 2 with a double and a RBI for the Astros.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he's hopeful All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy (pulled hamstring) will be ready for opening day. Murphy, who has not played since March 19, has been cleared for baseball activities.

Mets reliever Vic Black (shoulder) played catch Tuesday. Alderson said Black could start the season on the disabled list.

Mets play the Yankees on Wednesday in Tampa. Montero starts for the Mets against Masahiro Tanaka.

Box Score:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Happy Recap: Spring Game 21 - Mets (12) at Marlins (3) - Mets explode for eight runs in 2nd inning, win laugher


Cuddyer Hits #5

Happy Recap: Spring Game 21 - Mets (12) at Marlins (3) - Mets explode for eight runs in 2nd inning, win laugher

The New York Mets brought their hitting shoes Monday scoring 8 of their 12 runs in the top of the second inning.  In that big inning they had a RBI Triple by 2B Daniel Muno, who is trying to win a spot on the roster. They also had a RBI double by backup catcher Anthony Recker, a 2 RBI double by backup infielder Ruben Tejada and a RBI single by Curtis Granderson. All topped off by a solo HR by Michael Cuddyer, his 5th of the spring.

Mat Latos gave up seven hits in an eight-run second inning, Latros allowed nine runs, eight hits and two walks in three innings.

Curtis Granderson went 3 for 4 in the contest, raising his spring average to .452.  Michael Cuddyer ended the day 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, he is batting .352 this spring. Daniel Muno finished his day 2 for 4 with 3 RBI's, he is now batting .400.  Anthony Recker went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI's, he is batting just .226.  Mets total had 14 hits...

The Mets received another good turnout from the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year,  Jacob deGrom.  He went 4 innings giving up 4 hits, 2 earned runs, while striking out 5.

Michael Morse homered twice for Miami, a two-run drive in the first off  deGrom and a solo shot in the sixth against Buddy Carlyle. Morse has 14 RBIs.

Mets bullpen backed deGrom up with 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 5 K's combined..

Box Score:
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