Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 78


1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 3B
5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
8. Jon Niese (L) P
9. Juan Lagares (R) CF

Mets Rumors: Mets Long Term Plan at Shortstop does not involve Wilmer Flores


Mets Rumors: Mets Long Term Plan at Shortstop does not involve Wilmer Flores

The Mets‘ long-term plans at short probably will not involve Wilmer Flores, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests on Twitter.

New York will either fill that slot via trade or turn to 24-year-old Matt Reynolds, who is currently in his second stint at the Triple-A level.

Of course, it’s worth noting that the organization has an even younger option in Gavin Cecchini. The 21-year-old is enjoying his best season as a professional at the Double-A level, where he’s slashing .285/.340/.423 over 262 plate appearances.

Dilson Herrera's time with the club could be numbered and can be sent down when Daniel Murphy is activated off the DL.

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 78 - Cubs at Mets - Hendricks vs Niese - 7PM


Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 78 - Cubs at Mets  - Hendricks vs Niese - 7PM

Game 78 - Chicago Cubs (39-35) (19-20 Away) at New York Mets (40-37) (29-11 Home)

Probable Pitchers: CHI - Kyle Hendricks (2-4) 4.46 ERA vs NYM - Jon Niese (3-7) 4.12 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - Radio - WOR 710 AM - Game Time: 7PM

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs have struggled offensively of late.

New York, though, has compensated for that sluggishness with elite pitching as it goes for a fifth straight victory Tuesday night when it hosts Chicago.

New York (40-37) has averaged 2.0 runs over its last 11 games, while Chicago (39-35) is at 2.5 in that span with seven runs in the last six.

The Mets are making offense for opponents even tougher to come by, though, giving up four runs during the winning streak. They've also won six straight at home, where they're 29-11 to trail only St. Louis (29-7) in that regard. Pitchers have recorded quality starts in eight of the last nine home games.

Steven Matz limited Cincinnati to two runs over 7 2/3 innings in his major league debut Sunday, a 7-2 victory. He also went 3 for 3 with four RBI.

New York figures to get an offensive boost with Daniel Murphy expected to return from the disabled list. Murphy, who leads the team with a .283 average, hasn't played since June 4 due to a strained quadriceps.

The Cubs have scored six runs during a season-worst five-game losing streak. They were 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position in a 4-1 loss Sunday at St. Louis, finishing 2 for 27 in the three-game series.

"We have to get back our offensive mojo," manager Joe Maddon said. "You have a young, inexperienced group offensively, and they're being schooled right now a little bit.

"Eventually, it's going to come back to us and we'll benefit from it."

Kris Bryant and Addison Russell have combined to go 6 for 33 with 15 strikeouts during the skid.

Bryant had a big series when the Cubs swept four meetings in Chicago from May 11-14, going 6 for 14 with two homers. Anthony Rizzo went 4 for 10 with four walks and owns a 1.045 OPS in 22 games against New York.

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/29: Gant K's 10 in St.Lucie win


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/29: Gant K's 10 in St.Lucie win

Mets AAA - SACRAMENTO 14, LAS VEGAS 7: Tyler Pill allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits and two walks in three innings. After a brief absence, Matt Reynolds reappeared as a pinch hitter. Anthony Recker, who was named Pacific Coast League player of the week on Tuesday, went 1-for-5 and drove in a run. Box

Mets AA - AKRON 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Michael Fulmer allowed one run on three hits in seven innings in a tough-luck loss. The B-Mets mustered two hits -- a two-out single by Michael Conforto in the first and a leadoff double by Xorge Carrillo in the sixth. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 2, TAMPA 0 (12 innings): Colton Plaia delivered an RBI single and Victor Cruzado then scored on a passed ball in the top of the 12th. Josh Smoker completed the Mets' three-run shutout with a scoreless bottom half. Starter John Gant tossed eight scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Box

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.

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