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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Today's Mets Spring Training Lineup - Game 6 - Mets at Nationals

Here is the lineup for the Mets 6:05 p.m. game in Viera against the Washington Nationals.

Jordany Valdespin, 2b
Collin Cowgill, cf
Mike Baxter, rf
Andrew Brown, dh
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, lf
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Brandon Hicks, 1b
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Brian Bixler, 3b

Rafael Montero, rhp

Also pitching: Josh Edgin, Jeremy Hefner, Brandon Lyon, Elvin Ramirez, Scott Rice.

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano, Wheeler, Beltran, d'Arnaud, Murphy, Baxter, Santana, Francisco

Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson confirmed Pedro Feliciano's Twitter pronouncement that the southpaw can resume baseball activity while an evaluation of his heart continues.

"Pedro will wear the monitor for the next two weeks, but he has been cleared to resume baseball activity during that time," Alderson Said..

Zack Wheeler predicted he would be ready to pitch in his next Grapefruit League assignment on schedule, but it's hard to fathom the Mets giving him that opportunity.

Given the length of time remaining in spring training and the importance of Wheeler to the franchise, the Mets will conservatively treat Wheeler's right oblique strain, which has been labeled "mild" by Sandy Alderson.

"No question," Terry Collins said. "He said he could even pitch today. He said, 'I could have pitched.' And I said, 'No, there's no sense in pushing it.'

"We're not even to March yet. [Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] brought up the other day that this time last year we were throwing batting practice. I said, 'You've got a long time. Just make sure you get your treatment."

Carlos Beltran announced that he thought the Mets were winners in the trading-deadline deal two years ago that sent him to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler.

“It worked out better for them,” Beltran said, referring to the Mets as the winners. “I thought we were going to go to the playoffs and it didn’t happen. But it is what it is. I took the chance of going to the team that was fighting for a playoff spot and it didn’t work out for me. But it worked out for the Mets.”

Still, Beltran was complimentary about their brief pregame meeting and Zach Wheeler’s upside.

“All I’ve heard is he’s a good prospect,” Beltran said. “He has good stuff. I mean, he’s a young guy. I think they’ve got the people here to mold him to be the pitcher he can be for the organization -- the ace that they’re looking for.”

The Mets have decided catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is too valuable to be blocking the plate. Terry Collins said he met with the 24-year-old d'Arnaud on Wednesday to relay the organization's preference and reasoning.

Recap: Spring Training Game 5 - Mets get smacked 12-4 by Cards, Wheeler Misses Start

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N.Y. Mets (1-3)020000101481
W: L. Lynn (1-0) L: D. Gorski (0-1)
HR: STL - S. Robinson (1)   NYM - J. Buck (1),A. Recker (1),C. Cowgill (1)

Shane Robinson went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI, as the heavy-hitting St. Louis Cardinals eased past the New York Mets, 12-4, Wednesday in spring training action.

New York's Zach Wheeler was scheduled to make the start, but the highly touted prospect strained his right oblique muscle prior the game in batting practice and was scratched from the lineup.

Former Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran went 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI double, as the Cards poured in four runs in the third and fourth inning, respectively. Lance Lynn picked up the win, striking out three batters and allowing four hits in two innings of work.

David Wright went 2-for-3, while John Buck, Anthony Recker and Collin Cowgil all homered for the Mets. Darin Gorski was dealt with the loss, allowing four runs on three hits over two innings.

Box Score:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Recap: Spring Training Game 4 - Mets at Marlins - Mets Lose 7-5, Mejia Belted Around for 5 Runs in first

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Miami (2-1)«50000200x751

W: R. Nolasco (1-0) L: J. Mejia (0-1) S: J. Albaladejo (1)
HR: NYM - None   MIA - C. Kotchman (1),G. Stanton (1),M. Downs (1)

Casey Kotchman hit a grand slam as part of a five-run first inning as the Miami Marlins downed the New York Mets, 7-5, in Grapefruit League action.

Giancarlo Stanton and Matt Downs each homered in the sixth inning for Miami, while starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco picked up the win after throwing two innings of one-hit ball.

New York starter Jenrry Mejia lasted just one inning and allowed five runs (four earned) and three hits in the losing effort. Justin Turner had one hit, one run scored and an RBI for the Mets.

Box Score:

Today's Lineups - Spring Training Game 4 - Mets at Marlins

Here are the lineups for the Mets' Grapefruit League game Tuesday against the Miami Marlins 1PM:

  1. Jordany Valdespin, 2b
  2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  3. Justin Turner, dh
  4. Mike Baxter, rf
  5. Zach Lutz, 1b
  6. Brian Bixler, 3b
  7. Landon Powell, c
  8. Juan Lagares, lf
  9. Omar Quintanilla, ss

Jenrry Mejia, rhp

Also pitching: Scott Atchison, Jeurys Familia, Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles and Carlos Torres

  1. Juan Pierre, lf
  2. Placido Polanco, 3b
  3. Giancarlo Stanton, dh
  4. Rob Brantly, c
  5. Austin Kearns, rf
  6. Casey Kotchman, 1b
  7. Nick Green, ss
  8. Chone Figgins, 2b
  9. Kevin Mattison, cf

Ricky Nolasco, rhp

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Francisco, Duda, Tejada. Cowgill

Mets News and Notes:

Terry Collins said Johan Santana, who has been backed off mound work for the time being, looks stronger throwing on flat ground.

"I told him already today: He looked better today than he did five days ago," Collins said. "I think the long-toss program is making strides."

The Mets need to get Santana in a Grapefruit League game by March 10 or 11 in order to get him four spring-training starts and ready for Opening Day.

If Santana were to open the season on the disabled list, Jeremy Hefner and Collin McHugh would be the most serious considerations, with Zack Wheeler technically in the consideration set. Collins said he also likes Rafael Montero, but it's not practical because of a 40-man roster crunch (along with the fact Montero has not pitched above Class A). Montero is not on the 40-man roster.

Terry Collins said the Mets "right now" still have a script in place to get Frank Francisco ready for Opening Day.

Frank Francisco made 25 tosses, playing catch with Collins, at 60 feet on flat ground Monday. It marked Francisco's first time throwing since being shut down at the start of camp with elbow inflammation.

Collins said Francisco likely would advance to 70 feet on Wednesday.

"It's a step forward, for sure," Collins said. "The swelling has subsided. The discomfort has subsided. And so now we've got to take these gradual baby steps as we get closer to getting him back to where he needs to be. ... We have a thing in the organization where basically, before he can get on the mound, we'd like him to get to 150 feet. When he gets there, then we'll get him on the mound."

Francisco underwent surgery in December to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.

"We've got five weeks," Collins said. "We've still got a lot of time."

Lucas Duda will be held out of Grapefruit League games for at least the next two days, Terry Collins said.

Collins and Duda said the left fielder's wrist, which was surgically repaired during the offseason, is fine.

The manager instead suggested that being cautious in limiting Duda's swings early in camp has resulted in Duda not getting enough repetitions yet in a cage to be ready for spring-training action.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Recap: Spring Training Game 3 - Nationals at Mets - Mets Lose 6-4, Ike Homers, den Dekker Dazzles

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N.Y. Mets (1-1)000100030461

W: G. Gonzalez (1-0) L: C. McHugh (0-1) S: R. Mattheus (1)
HR: WAS - None   NYM - I. Davis (1)

Steve Lombardozzi went 2-for-3 with two RBI to pace a 17-hit attack that carried the Washington Nationals to a 6-4 triumph over the New York Mets in a spring-training clash.

Eury Perez finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and Will Rhymes added a pair of hits while crossing the plate once for Washington, which received a strong two innings from Gio Gonzalez in the 21-game winner of 2012's first outing of the spring.

Gonzalez issued just one walk while fanning three batters and throwing 13 of his 17 pitches for strikes.

Ike Davis had a solo homer and Juan Lagares delivered a two-run single in the eighth inning for the Mets.

Collin McHugh drew the start for New York and was tagged for three runs and six hits over 2 1/3 innings of work.

Matt Den Dekker made a spectacular catch in center field to rob a homer and he also had one hit..

Box Score:

Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing

Mets News and Notes:

Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:

The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.

The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …

The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.

However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.

John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.

Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.

Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.

Lineups: Spring Training Game 3 - Nationals at Mets

Here are the lineups for the Mets and Washington Nationals for Monday's 6:10 p.m. game:

  1. Collin Cowgill, cf
  2. Ruben Tejada, ss
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Ike Davis, 1b
  5. Marlon Byrd, rf
  6. Jamie Hoffmann, lf
  7. Andrew Brown, dh
  8. John Buck, c
  9. Wilmer Flores, 2b

Collin McHugh, rhp

Also pitching: Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice, Elvin Ramirez, Greg Burke

  1. Eury Perez, cf
  2. Steve Lombardozzi, 2b
  3. Corey Brown, rf
  4. Tyler Moore, dh
  5. Chris Marrero, 1b
  6. Carlos Rivero, lf
  7. Matt Skole, 3b
  8. Chris Snyder, c
  9. Zach Walters, ss

Gio Gonzalez, rhp

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mets Reliever Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for two weeks

Mets LHP Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for at least two weeks from baseball activity while he wears a heart monitor to investigate what has been labeled a potentially serious heart condition, general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday morning.

Alderson said it's still unclear whether Feliciano has a "hole" in his heart. The GM added that doctors are still seeking to determine if that's the case.

Health concerns are the priority, but being idle for at least the next two weeks also is a blow to Feliciano joining Josh Edgin as the second left-hander in the bullpen. If Feliciano does not make the Opening Day roster, the Mets could carry only one left-hander in the bullpen. Otherwise, Scott Rice, Darin Gorski, Robert Carson and Aaron Laffey would be considerations.

"The doctors have asked that he be monitored over the next couple of weeks," Alderson said. "And so he will be hooked up to a telemeter and monitored over the next two weeks. Until that time, we won't really have a diagnosis. With respect to his comment that he has a hole in his heart, I don't think that's clear at this point. I think that what we need to do is wait over the next couple of weeks, until there's a final diagnosis. At this point we don't have a diagnosis, per se. And so it's a little preliminary.

"In the meantime, however, while he's beeing monitored, he will not be involved in any baseball activity."

Recap: Spring Training Game 2 - Harvey Starts, Mets tie with Astros 7-7

Line Score:

                      1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   R  H  E
                      -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -
  NY METS             0  1  2   3  0  0   0  1  0   7 10  1
  HOUSTON             0  1  0   2  3  0   0  0  1   7 11  0   FINAL

                  WP - 
                  LP - 

                      JAMIE HOFFMANN (1)
                HOU - JASON CASTRO (1)
                      FERNANDO MARTINEZ (1)
          TIME: 3:24                   ATT: 3,048

New York pitcher Matt Harvey and Houston hurler Bud Norris each allowed one run over two innings of starting work, as the Astros and Mets played to a 7-7 tie on Sunday in spring training action.

Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who opened their spring training schedule with a 5-3 win over Washington on Saturday. Jamie Hoffmann hit a solo homer and scored twice.

Jason Castro hit a two-run homer for Houston, which was coming off an 8-3 victory over Philadelphia in its spring training opener. Fernando Martinez added a solo homer.

Box Score:

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Happy Recap: Spring Training Game 1 - Nationals at Mets - Mets win first game, Wheeler debuts

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N.Y. Mets (1-0)«20010200x593

W: C. Mazzoni (1-0) L: B. Bray (0-1) S: B. Parnell (1)
HR: WAS - C. Snyder (1)   NYM - R. Tejada (1)

The New York Mets win their first Spring Training game of 2013 over the Washington Nationals, 5-3. New leadoff man Kirk Nieuwenhuis lead off with a base hit, and Ruben Tejada hit his first spring homer off Stephen Strausburg. Zach Wheeler made his big league debut going two innings, giving up one hit, striking out two...Bobby Parnell closed his first spring game of 2013 with a save and newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd went 2 for 2 in the game...

Box Score:

Friday, February 22, 2013

Starting Lineups for Spring Training Game 1 - Mets vs Nationals

The Mets and Washington Nationals have posted their lineups for Saturday's 12:10 p.m.

Grapefruit League opener:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
Ruben Tejada, ss
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Justin Turner, 2b
Jordany Valdespin, dh

Shaun Marcum, rhp

Also pitching: Zack Wheeler, Cory Mazzoni, Jeurys Familia, Darin Gorski

Denard Span, cf
Steve Lombardozzi, 2b
Bryce Harper, lf
Tyler Moore, rf
Chad Tracy, 3b
Ian Desmond, ss
Chris Marrero, 1b
Chris Snyder, c
Micah Owings, dh

Stephen Strasburg, rhp

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Bobble Heads, Bobby V, Young, Pena, Francisco, Gee, Edgin, Duda

Mets News and Notes:

Jenrry Mejia is due to land Friday morning and be at camp by midday now that his visa issue is resolved. Dan Warthen and Wally Backman both project Mejia as a future reliever, but the right-hander will be a starting pitcher again this year …

The Mets announced their full 2013 promotional schedule, which includes five bobblehead giveaways: Ron Darling (April 21), John Franco (May 25), Wright (June 30), Dwight Gooden (July 21) and Tom Seaver (Aug. 25).

Bobby Valentine reportedly will be the next athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.

Ex-Met Chris Young signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.

Mets farmhand Francisco Pena will play for his father Tony Pena on the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic.

Frank Francisco will begin tossing a baseball Monday after suffering elbow inflammation early in camp, Collins confirmed.

On Sunday against the University of Michigan, Dillon Gee will pitch in his first game since undergoing emergency surgery at last year’s All-Star break to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder. Gee did get on a bullpen mound in September at Citi Field to allay concerns.
 “I accomplished what I wanted to last year, and that was to be able to come here with some peace of mind,” Gee told Andrew Keh in the Times. “Now I feel like I’m ready to compete again.”

Collins said left-hander Josh Edgin worked on a sinker during the offseason that should make him more effective against righty hitters. Lefties hit .164 and righties hit .263 against Edgin during his rookie season.

Lucas Duda will receive heavy playing time early in Grapefruit League play because he is working on a new stance, Collins said.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mets Fan Poll: How Many Wins Do You Think The Mets Will Have In 2013?

In our latest Mets Fan Poll, we asked the question: How many wins do you think the Mets will have in 2013?

Many Think the Mets will win between 71-80 Games, What do you think???

Vote Below

Mets Invite 42 Top Prospects to Early Camp

The Mets early (STEP) camp for top minor league prospects opens Friday. Rest of minor leaguers report next month..

Here's the full list of participants, with ages:

Bowman, Matt (22)
Cessa, Luis (21)
Degrom, Jacob (24)
Diaz, Miller (20)
Fulmer, Michael (20)
Goeddel, Erik (24)
Huchingson, Chase* (24)
Koch, Matt (22)
Kuebler, Jake (23)
Lara, Rainy (22)
Mateo, Luis (23)
Matz, Steven* (22)
Panteliodis, Alex* (23)
Peavey, Greg (24)
Pill, Tyler (23)
Schwinden, Chris (26)
Syndergaard, Noah (20)
Tapia, Domingo (21)
Taylor, Logan (21)
Verrett, Logan (23)
Ynoa, Gabriel (20)
* left-hander

Mets News and Notes: Mejia, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Puello, Wright, Francisco, Minor League Deals, Prospects

Mets News and Notes:

MLB confirmed the age and identity of Jenrry Mejia and the right-hander has been granted a visa to report to camp, the Mets announced. Mejia should arrive today or Friday.

Daniel Murphy returned to camp Wednesday, after a medical exam in New York. Murphy received a cortisone injection in his right side for a strained intercostal muscle. He was limited to icing his side and riding a stationary bicycle on his first day back.

Collins said Kirk Nieuwenhuis will have the first chance to earn the leadoff role. Nieuwenhuis will bat No. 1 Saturday when the Mets open Grapefruit League play against Strasburg and the Nats.

Outfield prospect Cesar Puello referred questions to the Players’ Association a day after being identified in an “Outside the Lines” report as being linked to the South Florida clinic at the heart of an alleged performance-enhancing drug scandal.

David Wright again stood by his agents, who also represent Puello. The firm has had other clients linked to performance-enhancing drugs, including Melky Cabrera, who allegedly had ties to the same South Florida clinic as Puello.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cubs OF Alfonso Soriano would welcome trade to Mets

Alfonso Soriano says he wants to win with the Chicago Cubs, but if the team falls out of contention -- and the Cubs are expected to struggle again after 101 losses last season -- Soriano would be interested in being traded.

"I want to go somewhere where I'd feel comfortable," Soriano said Monday.

Soriano is in the seventh year of an eight-year deal which pays him a total of $36 million over the final two seasons. He has a no-trade clause which he invoked last year stopping him from being moved to the San Francisco Giants. He cited how the cold weather would affect his knees as a reason he denied the trade.

"[The Cubs] know what teams," Soriano said of a trade this season. "We talked, my agent talked with those guys."

Soriano said there were "six or seven" teams that he's given the Cubs as potential landing spots if he's moved.

Sources say the list includes the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Phillies and White Sox, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Mets are in dire need of right handed power hitter and outfielder, especially after the loss of Scott Hairston...

Can it be a match made in heaven??

The only thing that would prevent Soriano from being a Met is he make too much money at a $18 Million clip a year, but the Mets can make the Cubs pay some money in any deal..

Even though Soriano is 37, He would definitely help the Mets outfield creditability.  Their outfield has been called probably the worst in baseball.

Soriano's Career Stats
1998 Did not play in major leagues (Did Not Play)
1999 23 NYY 9 8 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 .125
2000 24 NYY 22 50 5 9 3 0 2 3 2 0 1 15 .180
2001 25 NYY 158 574 77 154 34 3 18 73 43 14 29 125 .268
2002 26 NYY 156 696 128 209 51 2 39 102 41 13 23 157 .300
2003 27 NYY 156 682 114 198 36 5 38 91 35 8 38 130 .290
2004 28 TEX 145 608 77 170 32 4 28 91 18 5 33 121 .280
2005 29 TEX 156 637 102 171 43 2 36 104 30 2 33 125 .268
2006 30 WSN 159 647 119 179 41 2 46 95 41 17 67 160 .277
2007 31 CHC 135 579 97 173 42 5 33 70 19 6 31 130 .299
2008 32 CHC 109 453 76 127 27 0 29 75 19 3 43 103 .280
2009 33 CHC 117 477 64 115 25 1 20 55 9 2 40 118 .241
2010 34 CHC 147 496 67 128 40 3 24 79 5 1 45 123 .258
2011 35 CHC 137 475 50 116 27 1 26 88 2 1 27 113 .244
2012 36 CHC 151 561 68 147 33 2 32 108 6 2 44 153 .262
14 Yrs 1757 6943 1046 1897 434 30 372 1035 270 75 454 1576 .273
162 Game Avg. 162 640 96 175 40 3 34 95 25 7 42 145 .273
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