Monday, June 29, 2015

Mets Rumors: Mets To Trade A Starter For More Offense

Niese could be on the move?

Mets Rumors: Mets To Trade A Starter For More Offense

With all the prominent young starters the New York Mets have developed through their farm system, Steven Matz made history in his debut. He pitched 7.2 innings, just giving up two runs, while striking out six -- a truly unbelievable effort on his part to say that he has arrived in the Major Leagues. What made it more special to the Long Island native is that he collected three hits and four RBIs, which is a new mark for rookies and starting pitchers.

With Matz's new role now securely locked in, the Mets will look to trade some of their other pitchers to get a bat that could make a difference.

The Mets have a log jam in their rotation with six starters in it. The Mets have Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Niese in the rotation along with the newly-added Matz.

General manager Sandy Alderson made it clear that it is too early in the season to make a move because, simply, no one has become available as of yet. Non-contenders usually make their players available after the All-Star break when they start realizing they are out of the playoff race.

Alderson does not know the end result to David Wright's injury woes and continues to hear it for a lack of that answer. Even without an answer on Wright, the Mets will soon be getting Daniel Murphy back to help the offense a little. The defense has been realigned with Rubin Tejada moving back to shortstop and Wilmer Flores going to second base, so Murphy will get the call to play his original position of third base.

Alderson also commented on making a move that counts rather than making several lesser moves to improve his club.

What has been heard so far is that Niese's name keeps popping up on the rumor reports. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Niese has two teams interested in him. The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs are believed to be in the mix for the left-hander.

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/28: Vegas extends home win streak to 10 Games

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/28: Vegas extends home win streak to 10 Games

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 3 (10 innings): Trailing 3-1, Las Vegas scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th to extend its home winning streak to 10 games. Anthony Recker followed a two-homer game Saturday with a two-out, pinch-hit two-run homer to even the score. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then walked and scored on a walk-off RBI double by Brooks Conrad. Trailing 1-0, the 51s had forced extra innings on Conrad's ninth-inning sacrifice fly. Rainy Lara allowed one run on seven hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 3, AKRON 1: Luis Cessa tossed seven scoreless innings and Gavin Cecchini delivered a three-run double as Binghamton snapped a four-game losing streak. Cessa needed an unorthodox double play to wiggle out of a jam in the fourth. With two aboard and one out, Jordan Smith lined out to second baseman L.J. Mazzilli. Mazzilli then threw high to first in an attempt to double off the runner. Catcher Xorge Carrillo backed up the play and fired to third, where Josh Rodriguez tagged out Anthony Gallas attempting to advance. Binghamton finally snapped its offensive funk in the fifth. Following a leadoff walk to Josh Rodriguez, Aderlin Rodriguez singled. That snapped a stretch of 29 straight hitless at-bats for the B-Mets. Binghamton loaded the bases when Akron shortstop Erik Gonzalez booted Jared King’s groundball. Cecchini cleared the bases by ripping Shawn Morimando’s 1-2 pitch into the left-field corner. Cecchini’s double, his 16th of the season and Binghamton’s first hit with a runner in scoring position since Thursday, provided a 3-0 lead. After Yandy Diaz tripled with two outs in the sixth, Cessa blew three fastballs past Gallas to end the frame. Cessa capped his day with a perfect seventh. Following Matt Koch’s perfect eighth, Paul Sewald took over in the ninth. Gallas dashed Binghamton’s shutout hopes by launching a two-out solo homer. Sewald bounded back to retire Ronny Rodriguez for his 14th save. Cessa (7-4) struck out six and walked one while scattering six hits. Box

Happy Recap: 2015 Season - Game 77 - Reds (2) at Mets (7) - Amazin Day for Steven Matz - Superb pitching and hitting in MLB debut

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W:S.Matz(1-0) L:J.Smith(0-1)
HR: CIN- B.Phillips (5), T.Frazier (25) NYM- None

Happy Recap: 2015 Season - Game 77 - Reds (2) at Mets (7) - Amazin Day for Steven Matz - Superb pitching and hitting in MLB debut

Steven Matz got his heralded prospect status because of his arm, but it was his bat that stole the show on Sunday.

Matz went 3-for-3 with four RBI while winning his MLB debut as the New York Mets dispatched the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 in the series finale at Citi Field.

He also was excellent on the mound for the Mets, who swept the Reds after a 13-inning win earlier in the day that completed Saturday's rain-shortened contest.

Matz (1-0), who became the first pitcher in MLB history to record four RBI in his debut, gave up two runs -- solo homers to Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier -- with six strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of work.

"I wasn't sure what to expect," said Matz. "I just tried to go out there and win the game."

Curtis Granderson added two RBI in the win.

Josh Smith (0-1), who took a no-decision in his major league debut earlier this week, was charged with three runs -- one earned -- in five innings.

"We have to play better on the road," said Reds manager Bryan Price.

Phillips gave Matz a memory he would likely want to forget, opening the game off the 24-year-old with his fifth homer of the season.

Darrell Ceciliani reached on an error by Cincinnati shortstop Eugenio Suarez to begin the second and the Reds elected to walk Eric Campbell in front of Matz, who roped a double center that plated a pair.

Frazier then tied the game by opening the fourth with his 25th homer of the season.

Granderson's double gave New York back the lead in the fifth, then Matz struck again as part of a three-run sixth.

John Mayberry Jr. and Johnny Monell singled, then the Mets loaded the bases after Campbell was plunked by Pedro Villarreal. Matz followed by lining a single into center that plated Mayberry and Monell for a 5-2 lead.

The Mets tacked on another run on Phillips' error that would have ended the inning.

Granderson stroked a two-out single in the eighth that scored Michael Cuddyer and Hansel Robles got the final two outs to give Matz his first career win.

Matz is currently listed 54th on's Top 100 Prospects list .. Campbell drew four walks in the win ... New York improved to 18-6 in day games ... Cincinnati fell to 14-25 on the road, while the Mets hold a 28-11 record at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy Recap: 2015 Season - Game 76 - Reds (1) at Mets (2) - Duda's Fielder Choice in bottom of 13th wins it for Mets

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W:B.Parnell(1-0) L:N.Adcock(0-1)
HR: CIN- None NYM- C.Granderson (13)

Happy Recap: 2015 Season - Game 76 - Reds (1) at Mets (2) - Duda's Fielder Choice in bottom of 13th wins it for Mets

Lucas Duda's fielder's choice grounder in the 13th inning gave the New York Mets a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the continuation of Saturday's weather-shortened game.

Saturday's tilt went into a rain delay at the end of the sixth with the game tied at 1-1. After a 53-minute delay, the decision was made to suspend the contest and continue it on Sunday prior to the start of the regularly scheduled series finale.

Dilson Herrera drew a leadoff walk to begin the 13th before Curtis Granderson pulled a single into right that put runners at the corners. Nate Adcock (0-1) got Ruben Tejada to ground a pitch to drawn-in Eugenio Suarez, who booted the ball that allowed Tejada to reach safely.

Duda then came up and chopped a ground ball to Joey Votto and Herrera came home without a throw.

Bobby Parnell (1-0) picked up the win for an inning of relief.

Cincinnati managed to load the bases in the seventh when play resumed, but Todd Frazier popped out to catcher Kevin Plawecki in foul territory to end the inning.

In the home seventh, Skip Schumaker made a sprawling grab on Tejada's liner at the edge of the warning track, then he gunned down Duda at second a batter later when the first baseman tried stretching his hit off the wall for extra bases.

On Saturday, Michael Lorenzen pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Reds and allowed a run on six hits with four walks and four strikeouts, while Matt Harvey allowed a run on five hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts for the Mets.

Granderson hit a two-out homer in the third to give the Mets a 1-0 lead, then Brandon Phillips knocked in Tucker Barnhart with a double in the fifth.

Each team collected 11 hits ... The Reds went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, while New York went 0-for-15 in those instances.

Box Score:

Mets Rumors: Cubs have interest in LHP Jon Niese

Mets Rumors: Cubs have interest in LHP Jon Niese

According to Foxsport's Ken Rosenthal, the Chicago Cubs have interest in LHP Jon Niese from the New York Mets, but reports say his salary has them reeling backwards. The Cubs might have their sights higher in Phillies Cole Hamels, but so do other teams.

Niese, 28, is 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts this season.

Niese is earning $7 million this season. He is owed $9 million in 2016. There is a $10 million team option for 2017 and an $11 million team option for 2018.

The Cubs are to get a first hand look at Niese as he expected to start against them on Tuesday
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