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Monday, September 17, 2012

The Mets continue to struggle

The New York Mets have once again fell off the map in the second half of the season. Going into the All-Star break, the Mets were 46-40; and looked like they were going to make a run for one of the two wild card spots in the second half. They had great pitching and fielding, and almost every player was hitting well at the plate. At one point, the Mets were leading all of baseball in producing runs with two outs.

Players were fundamentally strong, and mistakes were limited. However, the Mets started off atrocious in the second half, losing 11 of their first 12 games. It seemed like the Mets started to give up. However, there were a few bright spots despite struggling to win games. Ruben Tejada continued to not only play well in the field, but he was also hitting the ball. He continued to get multi-hit games, and was producing when the team needed him to. R.A Dickey also continued his success, blowing away hitters with his outstanding knuckleball.

Even though there were some bright sports, players were still struggling. Johan Santana was a little banged up, and pitching terribly. He was eventually shut down for the rest of the season after the organization decided it was best for his future with the team. Closer Frank Francisco was hurt for a little while, and Bobby Parnell stepped in and did what he does best; give up runs.

As the season went on, the starting lineup was filled with home-grown players. The only two players that are not home-grown are Andres Torres, who has been a huge disappointment, and Jason Bay, who is now platooning in left field. What the Mets were doing in the first half of the season, is now the opposite of what they have been doing. Lack of fundamentals, and players starting to quit. I like Terry Collins as a manager, but he has made some poor decisions this season. People are calling for him to be fired, but I disagree. I think he deserves at least one more season with the team. He needs a chance to work with Sandy Alderson to recruit players to the big apple.

Currently, the Mets are 66-80, and have a few September call ups they are experimenting with. The Mets are a very young team, and a team filled with young players isn't going to get you far. They need to make a splash in free agency and do something to help this team win. The All-Star game is at Citi Field next year, and the fans would be in a much better mood if the team was in contention. Will the Mets gamble on big time players in free agency? We shall see.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Mets' Acquire Catcher Kelly Shoppach

The New York Mets have acquired 32-year old catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later. Shoppach is hitting .250, with five homers and 17 RBI this season. He has spent his entire eight year career in the American League having stints with Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and twice with the Red Sox. It will be interesting to see how he fairs in the National League. Josh Thole has been struggling this year, and the Mets are in dying need of a catcher. It was only in 2008 when Shoppach blasted a career high 21 home runs with Cleveland. Look for Rob Johnson to be sent down to Triple-A, but he could be called back up when the rosters expand in 18 days. If Shoppach can provide half of what he did in 2008, then this trade is a win.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ranking the Mets Top Prospects

The New York Mets' farm system has improved over the years, and it looks like they have a handful of players that can help them in the future. People have their own opinions on who the top prospects are, and where they rank. Here is where I rank the Mets top 20 Prospects.

On the out Looking In:

Jenrry Mejia, RHP. Mejia got his feet wet in the majors a couple of years ago, but was shut down with an injury, and had Tommy John surgery. He is a flame thrower, but has struggled this year. He probably should be in the top 20, but so many guys have improved, and he is still getting back to form from the surgery. Next season, I expect to him to be tremendous, and be with the Mets before the season's end.

Reese Havens, 2B. So far, Havens has been a total bust since being taken in the first round in 2008. Injuries have killed him, and when he has played, he has not delivered. Many people still have Havens on their prospect list, but I have no idea why. The guy will be 26 this October, and a lot of guys in the farm system at his position are performing. Maybe he can turn it around, but I don't see it happening.

Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B. A right handed power hitter who has recently been promoted to St.Lucie. He has a nice feel for the game, and is a force to be reckoned to be with at the plate. By next year, Aderlin will definitely be a top 15 prospect.

Akeel Morris, RHP. Morris has been pitiful this season, but you can't give up after one bad season. He is 0-6, with a 10.87 ERA. You just hope he can forget about this year, and re-group next season. He has good stuff, he just needs to make it happen.

Phillip Evans, SS. Evans has had a quietly nice season for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He doesn't really do anything wrong. He isn't going to blow you away, but he does the little things right. He is still very young, and needs time to develop.

20) Jefry Marte, 3B. The once highly touted prospect has struggled the past couple seasons in A-Ball. He has picked it up a bit this year in Binghamton. If he reaches the potential he has, he can easily be a reliable big league player. Ceiling: Major League Starter

19) Danny Munno, SS. A very tough middle infielder who has shown he can do a little bit of everything. Although he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs this past May and was suspended for 50 games, he is still having a nice year in the Florida State League. Ceiling: Utility Man

18) Darrel Ceciliani, OF. Although he has not shown it this year, Ceciliani has very good speed which makes him a base stealing threat. This is someone who hit 13 triples in the New-York Penn League, which is a shortened season. Ceiling: Leadoff Hitter

17) Matt Den Dekker, OF. A great defensive outfielder who has shown he can handle the bat. Since being promoted to Triple-A, he has been struggling offensively, but that will pick up with more at bats. Ceiling: Solid fourth outfielder

16) Cory Mazzoni, RHP. Mazzoni has been very consistent since being drafted. He has three solid pitches, and maintains his velocity throughout the game. He could be a mid-season call up next year, or a September call up depending where the Mets are at. Personally I see him as a very effective closer, but I don' think the Mets will go in that direction. Ceiling: Good 5th starter/ Long Reliever

15) Darin Gorski, LHP. The tall lefty has a very good off-speed pitch, and has proven to be reliable. He is capable of starting, but I think he is more of a reliever who can occasionally make a start if someone is injured. I think he can make a very nice compliment to Josh Edgin in the bullpen next year. Ceiling: Reliable Lefty Specialist

14) Kevin Plawecki, C. The Purdue product is an offensive minded catcher who has the potential to be an RBI Machine. He is your typical tough nosed catcher that pitchers love to have behind the plate. The Mets are in dying need of a catcher, and hopefully Plawecki can move through the minors quickly. Ceiling: Starting Catcher

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

St. Lucie's Rafael Montero Pulled after 7.2 innings of No-Hit Baseball

Rafael Montero of the St Lucie Mets was having himself an outstanding game against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Montero pitches for the Class A Advanced Port.St Lucie Mets, and on Tuesday night, he was pulled from the game with two outs in the 7th, without allowing a hit. Why manager Ryan Ellis took him out, I have no idea, but it better have been a good reason. Montero's overall stats for the game include only 3 walks, five strikeouts, while throwing 110 pitches over 7.2 innings. For the year, Rafael is 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 51 strikeouts. He is considered a top 10-15 prospect in the organization, and is having a very solid year.

Montero was dominant in this game, and made that clear from the get-go. The St.Lucie Mets were flirting with a team no-hitter, but that ended in the bottom of the ninth when pitcher Kyle Allen gave up a double. It will be very interesting to hear the explanation after the game for pulling Montero. Even though he didn't finish the game, it is still encouraging to know the Mets have another live arm in their farm system. He has been very consistent this season, and this just goes to show that the Mets have another pitcher that is a big part of their future. I am sure this is a performance Rafael Montero will never forget.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Wheeler Makes First Start For The Bisons

The much anticipated debut for top prospect Zack Wheeler finally took place. Over 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Buffalo, Wheeler gave up 3 hits, four walks, a hit batsman, and two earned runs. He also fanned seven, while throwing 101 pitches. The Mets' top prospect was having some command issues, but that is to be expected.

Maybe nerves got the best of him, but clearly Wheeler didn't have his best stuff. Although he struggled, Zack still showed he has the potential to be an overpowering pitcher. When he eventually pitches in the big leagues, there is no doubt that Wheeler will have many strikeout victims. I expect Wheeler will improve in his next start, and look for him to do a better job of mixing up his pitches.

Regardless of his performance tonight, Zack Wheeler is still one of the best prospects in the game. It will just take time.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Johan Santana Completes First Rehab Assignment

Johan Santana made his first rehab assignment for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday evening. Santana had 3 strikeouts, allowed a hit and a walk over 3 solid innings. He got some run support early when catcher Kevin Plawecki drove in two runs with a single. Stefan Sabol also added an RBI double, and shortstop Phillip Evans hit a two run shot to extend the lead. Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 21st due to discomfort in his ankle.

The Mets have been on a rough skid since the All-Star break, and could really use Santana's services. The playoff hopes for the Mets are slowly fading, and if they want to have any chance at making a run for a wild card spot, Santana needs to be healthy. Overall, Johan looked good today, and hopefully its not long before we see him back with the Mets.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mets Top Prospect Zach Wheeler Promoted to Class- AAA Buffalo

The New York Mets promoted top prospect Zack Wheeler to Triple-A Buffalo this past Wednesday. Wheeler has had an outstanding year in Double-A Binghamton, posting a 10-6 record, with 117 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.26. In nineteen games started this year, Wheeler has only allowed two homers, and 43 walks. His fastball is in the mid to upper 90's, and has an underrated curveball and changeup. His first start is expected to be this Sunday against Syracuse, the highest affiliate with the Washington Nationals. Wheeler's last performance before being promoted was stellar, posting 11 strikeouts over 6.2 innings.

The Mets organization is extremely high on this kid, but they are not going to rush him to the big leagues. GM Sandy Alderson said it was "unlikely" for Wheeler to play in the majors this season, partially because he has a pitch count of about 150 innings, and is currently hovering around 115. The Mets haven't had such a highly touted prospect in a while, and fans have every reason to be excited about him. However, it is key that he is not rushed to the majors, and Alderson is aware of that. Wheeler has dominated in every level thus far, but that doesn't mean he will step in and blow everyone away in Triple-A. I am not saying he won't be effective, all I'm saying is nobody knows. If he struggles, that is no reason to panic because there may be some growing pains. If he dominates, then the Mets know they have something special. It will be interesting to see how Wheeler progresses, and how he performs the rest of the summer will show the Mets exactly where he stands.
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