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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mets News and Notes : Izzy Stays, Santana Throws, Evans clears waivers

After a day of deliberation, the veteran righty yesterday accepted the team's invitation to participate in extended spring training.

The 38-year-old reliever, who was squeezed from the Opening Day roster by Blaine Boyer, has been told his situation will be reevaluated within two weeks.

"I've come this far, two more weeks won't kill me," said Isringhausen, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2009.

The Mets have told Isringhausen they will release him from his minor league contract if another team wants him before extended spring training concludes. But the Mets also have right of first refusal, meaning they could block Isringhausen from joining an NL East rival such as the Phillies, who could seek bullpen help with closer Brad Lidge expected to miss 3-6 weeks.

Isringhausen, who posted a 1.13 ERA in eight spring training appearances, said he wasn't upset with the Mets' decision to leave him off the Opening Day roster.

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"I'll just work on my pitching and still face hitters," Isringhausen said. "It's better to have some kind of structured outline rather than just going home and trying to throw at home."

Johan Santana said it will be "tough" remaining behind at the Mets minor league complex this spring, but he fully expects to return and help the team in 2011. The lefty is continuing his rehab from shoulder surgery, but is not close to throwing from a mound. The Mets are hoping he can return by late June.

"I'm very pleased with how I feel," Santana said. "It feels like everything is getting looser, looser and looser as I throw -- and better."

In other news,  Nick Evans cleared waivers and was out-righted to Triple-A Buffalo. Luis Hernandez also cleared waivers and must decide if he will accept an assignment to Buffalo. General manager Sandy Alderson said he expects Hernandez to accept.

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Willie Harris to Replace Bay

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Mets manager Terry Collins said Willie Harris will start in left field Friday in place of Jason Bay, who went on the disabled list Thursday with a strained rib cage muscle.

Though Lucas Duda will likely make the bulk of the starts until Bay returns, Harris was an easy choice for Friday because of his numbers against Marlins ace Josh Johnson.

In 22 career plate appearances against Johnson, Harris has a .500 on-base percentage, with seven walks and four hits.
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Should Willie Harris Start in Left Field on Opening Day?

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Terry Collins prefers to use Willie Harris as the Mets' Opening Day left fielder.

Jason Bay will begin the year on the disabled list and won't return until April 9 at the earliest.

The Mets will carry young slugger Lucas Duda in Bay’s spot and will expect Duda to start most of the games in left field.

If so, why does it seem that Harris will get the Opening Day nod?

Harris has had a productive spring and rightfully earned a spot on the roster. He showed some pop over the last few weeks and should be a versatile member of the Mets’ bench.

Even so, you might still be asking why the Mets will start Harris when they want Duda to play every day.

The answer is simple: The Mets will be facing Florida Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson—one of the top pitchers in the game—on Opening Day.

Rather than have Duda start the season with a tough outing against Johnson that could crush his confidence, Collins can save Duda for Game 2 against Ricky Nolasco. Though Nolasco is no slouch, Johnson can be unhittable at times.

If the Mets do go with Harris on Opening Day like it seems, the lineup may look similar to this: Reyes, Thole, Wright, Beltran, Davis, Pagan, Harris, Emaus.

As Rubin reported, Collins may want to use Pagan as more of a run producer rather than a table-setter in Bay’s absence. This lineup could do some damage and has a nice combination of speed and power.

While Harris has done everything to earn the spot in the starting lineup, why is Scott Hairston not being considered?

Hairston had a monstrous spring training for the Mets. He hit .345 with four HR and 12 RBI in just 58 at-bats.

Though the games don’t matter, Hairston hit some clutch home runs this spring.

The one drawback from Hairston this spring has been his strikeouts. While he showed good power, he struck out 14 times.

Against a power pitcher in Josh Johnson, the Mets must focus on putting the ball in play and force the Marlins to make plays. The fish have been known to play shoddy defense, so the Mets must capitalize on their mistakes.

Harris is more of a contact threat than Hairston. He can use his speed to manufacture runs, which will be key against Johnson.

Additionally, having the power threat in Hairston available to pinch-hit late in the game can work to the Mets’ advantage. The Mets may need an extra base-hit to start a rally, and Hairston can provide that punch.

Though I’d like to see as much of Lucas Duda as possible the next week and a half, I agree with Collins’ logic here. Allowing Duda to not be overmatched in his first game of the season can go a long way in his development.

Another question you may be thinking about is the following: What happens if Duda absolutely rakes in Bay’s absence?

He would really have to show some good power and drive in a ton of runs early for the Mets to even consider keeping him with the big club. Still, no matter where he is, Duda needs to play every day, especially defensively, to continue improving.

Burying Duda on the Mets’ bench would do him no good. While Carlos Beltran won’t be expected to play every single game, Duda would still have to battle Harris and Hairston for playing time.

These questions and more should be answered as the season progresses.

I’m sure you’re as excited as I am for Opening Day tomorrow. Here’s to a lot of fun in 2011. Win or lose, it’s great to finally have baseball back.

Follow me on Twitter @JMMancari.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mets Seeking $200 Million, Eight to Nine Bidders have been approved by MLB

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According to the NY Times,  the Mets are seeking $200 million for a minority portion of the team — a badly needed cash infusion that the team’s owners would pour directly into the club’s operations and use to pay off some of their debt, according to a person briefed on the sale process.

The owners of the team are also telling potential bidders that they might sell a portion of SNY, their cable network, but that such a negotiation would take place separately from any deal for the team, and would probably not be seriously contemplated for a year or two.

The owners believe that they can get more for a stake in the profitable SNY if it is not packaged with the team, the person said.

Some of the eight or nine bidders approved by Major League Baseball to bid on the Mets have been identified:

Jason Bay Most Likely to Start the Season on DL

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According to Yahoo.Sports,  Mets left fielder Jason Bay(notes) may not have fully found his timing at the plate in New York just yet, but his timing seems even worse when it comes to getting injured.

The New York Post reports that Bay could be headed to the disabled list to start the season depending on an evaluation Wednesday. GM Sandy Alderson said Bay felt soreness in his left ribcage area, according to the Post.

Team medical personnel evaluated Bay Tuesday and he'll get another look-over Wednesday, the Post notes. He was also scheduled for X-rays.

"At this particular time we have to be very cautious, because I don't want to lose this guy for a month," manager Terry Collins said, the Post reports. "If we have to lose him for a week, 10 days, that's a hell of a lot better than losing him for two months."

According to Fox Sports , Lucas Duda  has been told he is headed to Miami as the team's starting left fielder on Opening Day against the Florida Marlins.

"It came down to the last day and it's unfortunate that Jason hurt his ribcage," Duda said. "Obviously you don't want to see that happen. He's a great ballplayer and an even better guy so you hate to see that. But I've got to try and help the team anyway I can until Jason gets healthy."

The fact Bay did not appear in the Mets' final six spring training games will allow the team to backdate the DL stint, making him eligible to rejoin the team on April 9.

Bay signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Mets before last season. He then batted .259 with six homers and 47 RBIs in only 95 games for the team last year.
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Recap - Final Spring Training Game 35 - Marlins vs Mets

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Final Score: NY Mets 6, Florida 3

Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run seventh inning to lift the New York Mets to a 6-3 win over the Florida Marlins in spring training action.

Joshua Satin added a solo shot, while David Wright also knocked in a run for the Mets. D.J. Carrasco picked up the win for throwing a scoreless seventh inning, allowing one hit. Justin Hampson earned the save with a perfect ninth.

Chris Coghlan and Logan Morrison each had an RBI for Florida. Edward Mujica was tagged with the loss after getting roughed up for four runs on as many hits in the seventh.

The teams will open the regular season against each other on Friday at Sun Life Stadium.

Box Score:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Paulino will likely start the season on the DL due to stomach and colon issues

Ronny Paulino, the backup catcher suffering through a difficult spring, has been diagnosed with what Alderson termed “stomach and colon issues that are going to keep him out for a while.” Doctors discovered irregularities in his blood work last week. 
Alderson could not discuss the specifics of Paulino’s condition, because he had not received consent from the player. But he said Paulino could likely begin the season on the disabled list after he completes his eight-game suspension for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy last season.

Boyer gets the last spot in Mets Bullpen, Izzy's Fate Unclear

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Blaine Boyer was told by Terry Collins that he has earned the final spot in the team’s bullpen.

Mets officials approached Jason Isringhausen, the 38-year-old who was  Boyer’s competition, with a different proposal:

The Mets want Izzy to remain at the team complex in Port St. Lucie for extended spring training. There, he could continue to build strength in his right arm, which has undergone a trio of Tommy John operations.

They now await Isringhausen’s decision. Izzy was quoted after the Mets 8-2 Spring Training victory, “Nothing’s up,”

Alderson trades for Dykstra

Alderson today swapped a former Mets first-round pick, Eddie Kunz, for a former first-round pick from his old franchise, San Diego farmhand Allan Dykstra (no relation to Lenny)
Kunz debuted in the majors in 2008, one year after he was drafted. But he bottomed out in recent campaigns, spending all of 2010 at Double A with a 5.34 ERA.

Dykstra, a 23-year-old first baseman, homered 16 times and posted an .810 on-base plus slugging percentage in high Class-A ball last season.

Jason Bay might start the season on the DL

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On Tuesday morning, with the team about an hour away from fielding its full lineup including Carlos Beltran for the first time this spring, Jason Bay felt discomfort in his left rib cage during batting practice. Bay departed for an examination in Port St. Lucie, hoping that the injury was not as serious as it initially sounded; rib cage, oblique and intercostal strains can often linger for weeks, meaning that Bay might begin the season on the disabled list.

"They can be extremely nagging," said Terry Collins. "They can take a long time. They can be short, but at this particular time we have to be very, very cautious, because I don't want to lose this guy for a month. If we have to lose him for a week to 10 days, that's a hell of a lot better than losing him for two months."

Even more ominously (for the individual if not the team), backup catcher Ronny Paulino is suffering from stomach and colon issues that might "keep him out for a while," Sandy Alderson said.

If Bay begins the year on the DL, 25-year-old Lucas Duda could make the team as the temporary left fielder. Duda has impressed the team this spring with his development, and the Mets think he can perform more consistently than last season, when he batted .202 in a 26-game callup. Still, with Beltran needing regular rest for his knees, the potential outfield or Duda, Angel Pagan and Willie Harris on some days will not be ideal.

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Recap : Spring Training Game 34 - Mets vs Wash

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Final Score: NY Mets 8, Washington 2 

David Wright belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Mets handled the Nationals, 8-2, in Grapefruit League play.

Chris Capuano helped his cause with a three-RBI double in the second inning. Capuano went three innings, allowing only two hits and striking out three, to get the win.

Adam LaRoche roped a solo homer in the fourth inning and Jerry Hairston finished 2-for-4 with an RBI to account for the Nationals' other run. Jordan Zimmerman went three innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out a pair. 

Box Score:

Monday, March 28, 2011

Video: 2011 New York Mets Predictions w/ Stats

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Mets News: Nick Evans, Luis Hernandez, and Pat Misch Go On Waivers

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have placed INF/OF Nick Evans, INF Luis Hernandez and LHP Pat Misch on waivers.

Evans probably would have made the Opening Day roster if Carlos Beltran began the year on the disabled list.

Now he'll probably find himself in another organization before the week is through. The results of the waiver process are expected to be known on Wednesday.
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Beltran expected to be on the Opening Day Roster

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is expected to be in the starting lineup for tomorrow’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, which means the Mets would lose the ability to backdate a potential DL-stint.
“Carlos said he’s feeling good and he’s ready to go,” Sandy Alderson said. “At some point you’ve got to move forward. I do think it’s valuable for him to play in major league [spring-training] games. That would be an advantage over the last couple of days. It does present a risk. Look, at some point you’ve got to roll the dice. Given his firmness about how he feels and the fact that he’s ready to go, I think we’ve decided that this is probably the best thing for us.”
Beltran has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game this spring, so Collins indicated that he may drop the veteran outfielder in the lineup until he shakes the rust.

Rubin believes the Mets will also likely use a defensive replacement late in games and give Beltran scheduled days off in order to keep his knees fresh.
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Blue Bird Banter: "It was a mistake to have left Emaus available to in the draft"

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Now that Brad Emaus was quietly named the second basemen for the Mets.

Blue Bird Banter Writer Tom Dakers thinks Brad Emaus was a mistake to be left on table @ the Rule V Draft:
"I still think it was a mistake to have left Emaus available to in the draft. If he could be given a starter's role in the majors, he had some value. We could have gotten something for him if he had no value to us.
I know to add him to the 40-man roster, someone would have had to be moved off it. I can't believe there wasn't someone that wouldn't have been picked in the draft or wouldn't have any value to the Jays. Sean Henn perhaps? Can you imagine anyway he ends up pitching for the Jays?

Jon Heyman : Mets 25 Man Roster

Graphic Courtesy of Amazin Avenue
Heyman Says:
  • Tim Byrdak, a LOOGY, has already made the team.
  • The bench will have five players.
  • The twelfth spot on the pitching staff will go to Blaine Boyer, Jason Isringhausen or Manny Acosta, three righthanded pitchers.
  • The Mets are looking for a lefty reliever. This could be a minor trade maybe involving Luis Hernandez
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Last Bullpen Spot Down to Izzy and Boyer ?

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It looks like the last bullpen spot is down to Blaine Boyer and Jason Isringhausen.

Izzy was quoted about the competition, "Me and [Blaine] Boyer hate each other, just to let you guys know," he said, laughing.

Isringhausen is a 38-year-old Tommy John survivor who felt a pop in his elbow earlier this month -- and who freely admits he could feel another at any time.

Boyer is a less flashy choice, but a less injury-prone one as well.

"They've both had very, very good springs," manager Terry Collins said. "They're both throwing the ball well. We'll just have to sit down and look at all the options we have, and make a decision."

Recap: Spring Training Game 33 - Mets vs Cards

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Final Score: St. Louis 3, NY Mets 1 

Allen Craig hit a two-run homer in the third inning, and St. Louis held on for a 3-1 spring training win over the New York Mets.

Craig finished with two hits for the Cardinals, while Gerald Laird plated a run with a second-inning groundout. Starter Kyle McClellan allowed one run in six innings, in which he gave up three hits, walked two and struck out five.

The only run McClellan surrendered came on a first-inning homer by Scott Hairston.
Jon Niese allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in a five-inning start for the Mets. 
Box Score:

Willie Harris Makes the team

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Willie Harris was told by Mets Manager Terry Collins today that he has made the team.

"He's played good," Collins said later Sunday morning. "He really had a great spring and brings a lot to the table, which is what we were told he would."

Playing on a non-guaranteed Minor League contract, Harris has batted .269 this spring with five doubles, three home runs and a team-high 12 walks.

If Carlos Beltran's knee issues prevent him from breaking camp with the team, Harris could be the team's Opening Day right fielder. Otherwise, he will serve as a lefty pinch-hitter and backup corner outfielder.
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Mets being precautious with Beltran

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This morning, as the Mets inch closer to Opening Day, general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and outfielder Carlos Beltran expect to sit down again. So continues a spring spent strategizing ways to protect Beltran’s knees.

For the second day in a row, Beltran spent five innings Sunday in right field during a minor-league game. He went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.

In the meeting, all parties plan to decide the next step. Beltran likely will rest Monday, then return to action with the rest of the Mets regulars Tuesday. But Collins has another idea: Beltran plays Monday and Wednesday, before starting in right field Friday night in Miami.

“I’d like to have him try to get in [Monday], so he can have a day off in between, playing with the rest of the lineup,” Collins said. “But if he thinks [today] would be the best day to have off, then we’ll go Tuesday, Wednesday.”

Or Beltran could avoid Grapefruit League games to remain eligible to be back-dated on the disabled list. That way, if his knees falter, he can return to action on April 5. Otherwise, he would miss the first 15 games of the season.

“That’s something we’re going to discuss [Monday] morning,” Alderson said.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 32 - Atlanta vs Mets

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Final Score: NY Mets 8, Atlanta 2 

David Wright had an RBI and scored twice to help the New York Mets down the Atlanta Braves, 8-2, in Grapefruit League play.

Ike Davis drove in his 13th run of the spring while Jose Reyes had two hits and scored once for the Mets. Mike Pelfrey gave up both runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Derek Lowe was tagged for six runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with three walks over four innings. Brooks Conrad drove in a run and scored in the loss. 

Box Score:

Mets News and Notes: Izzy, Emaus, Beato, Castiilo/Perez, Reyes

  • Jason Isringhausen told Mike Puma of The New York Post that he will not accept a minor league assignment if he does not make the Mets out of Spring Training.
  • There's a possibility Izzy would go to Extended Spring Training if his swollen elbow isn't fully healed though.

  • Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus has the Mets' second base job locked up "no matter whether they pretend there's still a competition ongoing."

  • "There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule 5 picks" Alderson said, in regards to Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.

  • The GM said that Emaus' Rule 5 status was a major reason the team gave him every chance to win the second base job this spring. "If he was not a Rule 5 draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does," Alderson said. "If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going to give him every opportunity."

  • Fan sentiment "came into play" in Luis Castillo's release, Alderson said. The Mets "became aware about the sentiment in New York for [Castillo and Oliver Perez]....It's difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans." In Perez's case, Alderson said the southpaw just didn't pitch well enough to make the roster, so the fans' thoughts were moot.

  • Alderson says if the Mets are in contention, the club will have the money available to add a player if necessary.

  • Alderson thinks his team's farm system is underrated but he says the Mets "need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft."

  • If the Mets have a reduced payroll next season, they should still be able to re-sign Jose Reyes if they wish, given the number of contracts the team has coming off the books this winter.
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Doug Davis Threw For Eight Teams

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Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that free agent left-hander Doug Davis threw a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday and was scouted by eight teams, including the Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles.

Davis made just eight starts last season because of a heart problem and an elbow injury that required surgery, going 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA, but the 35-year-old southpaw had a 4.12 ERA in 203 innings for the

Diamondbacks in 2009 and previously posted an ERA in the 3.00s or 4.00s every year since 2004.
He’ll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point, but Davis could be an interesting low-risk flier for teams in need of some rotation depth.
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Recap: Spring Training Game 31 - Mets vs Florida

Final Score: Florida 6, NY Mets 5 

Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison both drove in two runs, as the Florida Marlins edged the New York Mets, 6-5, in Grapefruit League action.

Hanley Ramirez doubled twice and scored two runs for Florida, while starter Anibal Sanchez scattered three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Ike Davis belted a solo home run and Kirk Nieuwenhuis stroked a two-run double for New York. D.J. Carrasco gave up four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over four full frames. 

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Mets News and Notes: Beltran Update, Bullpen Decisions

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Beltran will play five innings in right field on Saturday in a minor-league game.

He did not run hard today, a day after testing his legs in a simulated game. Beltran went 5-for-11, including a pair of hits off Chris Young, with two doubles.

Tim Byrdak sealed up a spot in the major-league bullpen as the left-handed specialist. The Mets selected his contract and added him to the 40-man roster. Mike O’Connor, his main competition, was sent down to minor-league camp.

That means one spot in the seven-man bullpen is left. These six appear locked: Francisco Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco, Taylor Buchholz, Pedro Beato and Byrdak.

Those vying for the final spot: Jason Isringhausen (tagged for four runs in that minor-league game today), Blaine Boyer, Pat Misch and Manny Acosta.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Emaus Proving He Belongs on Team

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Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double Thursday in the rout of the Cardinals.

Emaus, who was leading the Mets' second base competition , may have wrapped up a starting job today. 

He was hitting just .216/.341/.270 entering the game, but now he's all of the way up to .293.

As predicted, I said  Emaus and Murphy will lead the way at 2B. Brad Emaus sees himself as a gap hitter with double power and the Mets broadcast booth compares him to Ty Wigginton. I like the combo of Murphy and Emaus because they are two hard working kids who like to compete and are hungry to win. 
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Recap: Spring Training Game 30 - St.Louis vs Mets

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Final Score: NY Mets 16, St. Louis 3 

Angel Pagan's three-run shot in the fourth inning was one of five New York home runs, as the Mets rocked the Cardinals, 16-3, in Grapefruit League play.

Matt Den Dekker added a three-run blast, David Wright hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first, while Brad Emaus and Josh Thole contributed solo homers in the rout.

Chris Capuano picked up the win after allowing eight hits and two earned runs over five innings, in which he fanned four.

Yadier Molina finished with two hits and an RBI, while Skip Schumaker hit a run-scoring double for the Cardinals.

Jaime Garcia was rocked in defeat for 14 hits and 10 runs -- only three earned -- in four frames. 

Box score Click Below

Fangraphs 2011 Organization Rankings #21 - NY Mets

Fangraphs rated all the MLB Organizations and the Mets came in #21, Here is the rest of the breakdown:

An organization in turmoil, the Mets nonetheless have the assets to make the turnaround on a short time frame. It’s hard not to like the new management in place, and a new stadium in that market with those resources – the pain can’t continue can it?

Present Talent – 78.33 (t-16th)
Mets Season Preview

Future Talent – 65.00 (t-26th)
Mets Top 10 Prospects

Financial Resources – 76.54 (18th)
Baseball Operations – 72.50 (t-16th)

Overall Rating – 75.79 (21st)

Read More: Fangraphs

Beltran plays simulated game to test knees

The Mets still hope to have Carlos Beltran on the field for Opening Day....
Beltran, who is rehabbing from left knee tendinitis, did not see in-game action on Thursday.

He instead played in a simulated game, complete with outfield movement, with a second one on the docket Friday.

“I just wanted to come here today and test it,” Beltran said. “Actually, this is more than what we do in a game. I just wanted to test the knee. Hopefully tomorrow I recuperate, feeling good.”

Beltran said he managed to give a full effort while rounding the bases.

“That’s 100 percent right there. I’m not going to get faster than that,” said the All-Star outfielder. “Those couple of steps when you’re slowing down, normally when you have tendinitis you feel it there. But I didn’t feel anything there. This is a good step for me to move forward. Defensively I feel very comfortable. My main concern was being able to run the bases.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Audio: Terry Collins Talks Beltran and other Roster Moves with Mike Francesa

Izzy impresses Dan Warthen

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Jason Isringhausen's brief health scare appears to have passed.

Three days after receiving a dose of anti-inflammatory medicine for his cranky right elbow, Isringhausen threw a full bullpen session at the Mets' Spring Training complex on Wednesday, featuring what pitching coach Dan Warthen called the right-hander's best fastball of the spring.

"Exceptional" was how Warthen described the session. "The hardest I've seen him throw, and all of the other pitches were in order -- two-seamer, cutter, fastball. The ball was jumping out of his hand today."

Video: Sandy Alderson Talks About Carlos Beltran

Mets Value Decreases 13 %

Forbes' annual report finds the average value of Major League Baseball teams has increased 7 percent from last year to an all-time high of $523 million.

The New York Yankees, worth $1.7 billion, lead the way for the 14th straight year since Forbes began valuing franchises in 1998.

Only three teams' values didn't increase: the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians.

The Texas Rangers' value increased 25 percent as new ownership took over the franchise and it reached its first World Series.

The Boston Red Sox were second at $912 million in the report released Wednesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs and Mets round out the top five.

The Mets lost 13 percent of their value amid legal and debt problems.

Audio: Brad Emaus On Joe & Evan

Oliver Perez sign with the Nationals...........

WFAN’s Jon Heyman is reporting that former Mets pitcher Oliver Perez has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.

Tuesday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he has no interest in the left-hander. The Yankees considered Perez, before concluding that they would be better off without him. “It’s not something that makes sense for us,” Cashman said.

Recap: Spring Training Game 29 - Mets vs St. Louis

Final Score: St. Louis 5, NY Mets 3 

Allen Craig highlighted a five-run sixth inning with a three-run homer, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets, 5-3, in Grapefruit League play.

Matt Holliday went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Cardinals, while starter Jake Westbrook gave up one unearned run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Matt Bouchard clubbed a two-run homer and Ike Davis added a sacrifice fly for New York. R.A. Dickey allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and recorded five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. 

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Format: League Manager
Scoring: H2H Points (Customized)
Teams: 10

Draft: Snake
Date: Sun, Mar 27, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM ET
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