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Friday, September 21, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Eliminated, 10 Pitchers, Edgin, Dickey, Hernandez's Mustache, Familia


Keith Shaving it Off
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who officially were eliminated from postseason contention, got a postgame chewing out from manager Terry Collins. He deferred questions about whether the team had quit to the players, who denied it.

The Mets now try to avoid last place in the NL East when they play host to the Miami Marlins this weekend.

The Mets used 10 pitchers in Thursday's loss, a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Philadelphia had not swept the Mets in a three-game series in Queens since Sept. 14-16, 2007 -- when Jimmy Rollins' "team to beat" prognostication began to be achieved. The official attendance was announced at a season-low 20,100 tickets sold, although no more than a few thousand appeared to actually have attended last night's game. The Mets failed to exceed three runs for the 16th straight home game, two shy of matching the 1915 Yankees' major league record.

Left-hander reliever Josh Edgin, who surrendered a homer to Ryan Howard for the second straight day, is being shut down for the season. That was resolved before Edgin allowed Thursday's ninth-inning grand slam to Howard in the series finale. While his overall innings count is comparable to 2011, Edgin has made 26 more appearances than a year ago.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Trading Ike, Triple A Vegas, No Scoring, Knuckleball Day, World Baseball Classic, Adding Seats at Citi, Hefner, McHugh, Familia, Brewer


Going, Going, Gone?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this winter, which would open first base for Lucas Duda and potentially address other areas of need, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Mike Puma in the Post also weighs in on the Davis vs. Duda debate, writing:
The 25-year-old Davis said he would like to stay in the organization that selected him No. 1 (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. But he said he won’t be bitter if he’s dealt. “If they trade me, they trade me -- I can’t do anything about it,” Davis said. “I have to do my job where I am at.” Does Davis consider himself a cornerstone-type player? “I think I can help teams win baseball games,” Davis said. “That is all I want to do.”

After the Buffalo Bisons showed no interest in renewing their four-year-old affiliation agreement, the Mets signed a two-year deal (the shortest available) with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Terry Collins, who managed in that league for five years, acknowledged the altitude and dryness of the West Coast ballparks present challenges to pitchers and inflate batters' statistics. But pitchers can still thrive, the manager added.

Top prospect Zack Wheeler, who likely is ticketed for Triple-A to open next season, tweeted after the news became official that he is familiar with those types of conditions because he played with San Jose in the California League while in Class A with the San Francisco Giants.

R.A. Dickey had no margin for error in Monday's loss. The Mets have now scored three or fewer runs in a franchise-record 14 straight home games. They are 4-22 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Tragic Number, Dickey, Gonzalez, Phillies, Bisons, Familia, McHugh, Hefner, Cy-Young Watch


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets' tragic number for postseason elimination dropped to six as they return home for their final 2012 homestand -- 10 games against the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and Pittsburgh Pirates.

R.A. Dickey aims for win No. 19 in Monday's homestand opener, when he opposes Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee. Dickey has four starts remaining, including tonight, to try to produce two wins and become the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. If the pattern of pitching every fifth game holds, the knuckleballer also is due to face the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field, then pitch at Atlanta on Sept. 28 and at Miami in the regular-season finale on Oct. 3.

Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, another Cy Young Award candidate, failed in his attempt to notch his 20th win Sunday night, as the Atlanta Braves beat the Nats, 5-1. Gonzalez, who allowed two runs in five innings, is now 19-8 with a 2.95 ERA.

The Phillies, who oppose Dickey tonight, arrive at Citi Field having lost three of four to Houston this weekend. They are four games behind St. Louis for the second wild-card slot. The Mets will be playing spoiler...

Major league clubs and minor league teams began a 15-day window Sunday to seek new affiliation agreements. As expected, the Toronto Blue Jays and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons spoke and appear to be nearing a deal. That would push the Mets to the lone vacant affiliate, Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League, which has been the home of the Blue Jays.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets at Home, 1st-Responder Caps, 300 Tickets, Mejia, Familia, Hefner, McHugh


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets are now 4-20 since the All-Star break at home. That means the Atlanta Braves and Nats have more wins at Citi Field -- five apiece -- than the Mets in the second half. The Houston Astros are 5-20 at Minute Maid Park after a win Tuesday, giving the Mets the worst second-half home record in the majors this season. Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:

Both the Mets and Astros are chasing a rather dubious distinction: the worst second half at home in 80 years. In 1979, the Mets went 6-32 at home after the All-Star break, the worst such mark since 1933 (not counting the 1994 strike season). During that period, the St. Louis Cardinals actually had more victories (seven) at Shea Stadium than the Mets. While the woeful Astros own the worst record in baseball, the Mets actually went 26-20 at home in the first half.

The Mets wore first-responder caps pregame, but not in-game Tuesday. "Basically, we got what we asked for," Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. "We asked [MLB] to wear them during BP and for the anthem, and they gave us what we wanted. Our guys honored 9/11 people in other ways. We went to about four firehouses, we went to Cantor Fitzgerald today. So there are other ways to honor. We did a lot of things in the last week or two, which we've done for the last 11 years."

The Mets donated 300 tickets to the game to Tuesday's Children, a foundation that helps the children of 9/11 victims.

Jenrry Mejia should receive three starts, beginning Saturday at Milwaukee. Jeurys Familia should start the final week of the season. Jeremy Hefner, who temporarily has been relocated to the bullpen, and Collin McHugh also will get additional starts this month.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Hernandez, Familia, Harvey, Byrdak, Kids Go Free, Pelfrey


Mets News and Notes:

David Wright tells Jon Heyman at CBSSports.com that he is "extremely optimistic" about reaching a long-term extension with the Mets this offseason.

"I've really enjoyed it here," Wright said. "... Although we haven't gotten things completely turned around, we've taken small steps in the right direction and have something to build on. ... There's not a single complaint that I have. [The Mets] drafted me as a kid. They developed me. They've given me an opportunity to make a living playing a game. There's a tremendous amount of mutual respect. They've gone above and beyond. ... My favorite player was Cal Ripken. The biggest reason for that was, I like that he stayed."

Keith Hernandez tells Richard Sandomir in the Times that his intention is to report for color-commentary duty for the Oct. 3 season finale in Miami without his signature mustache.

Familia's major league debut began by striking out Lance Berkman with a 97 mph fastball. He then surrendered a single to Jon Jay, but immediately erased him by coaxing a double-play grounder from Matt Carpenter. Fred Lewis, 31, also made his Mets debut. He opened the ninth by grounding out to shortstop against Trevor Rosenthal.

Collins said postgame it was not yet resolved whether Harvey would have one or two remaining starts. The five innings logged Tuesday give him 47 1/3 in the majors and 110 with Triple-A Buffalo this season.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Official Call-ups, Gee, Strasburg, Final Game in Buffalo, Cyclones, Drama in the Ninth


Mets News and Notes:

With Buffalo's season complete, the Mets have summoned six additional minor leaguers to St. Louis: Jordany Valdespin, right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson and outfielder Fred Lewis.

Buffalo manager Wally Backman is due to join the Mets on Sunday. Zach Lutz, Nickeas and McHugh already had been added -- giving the Mets nine extra players in total.

Dillon Gee joined the Mets in St. Louis. He already has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball following surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season will be Sept. 12 against the Mets at Citi Field.

Buffalo was rained out at Lehigh Valley on Monday in what is expected to be its final game affiliated with the Mets. Las Vegas has been widely speculated as the Mets' next Triple-A home, but a minor league source said do not rule out Nashville over Las Vegas if the Mets have a choice between those markets. The Brewers currently are affiliated with Nashville and may re-up, though.

Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Cyclones sliced its magic number to one with two games remaining to clinch the New York-Penn League's wild card. Like Buffalo, Binghamton and Savannah completed their seasons Monday. St. Lucie opens the Florida State League.

Finally, Collin McHugh's second major league start lasted only four innings, with McHugh surrendering four runs.

The drama, though, came late. With the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth, Andres Torres seemingly led off with a double. But at the instruction of injured ex-Met Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals successfully appealed to rookie ump Dave Rackley that Torres missed the first-base bag. The Mets, deprived of the baserunner, lost shortly thereafter, 5-4, on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Rackley and crew chief Dale Scott stood by the call, despite vehement protest from the Mets. The crew noted neither Torres nor first base coach Tom Goodwin initially complained about the call.

Rackley told Terry Collins he would not have made the ruling had he not been positive it was correct.

"He went over the front corner with his toe and it just kicked dirt up onto the base," Rackley said.

Said Scott after reviewing the video with his crew: "It was exactly what [Rackley] described. His foot went over [the bag], the toes hit the ground, the heel never did [hit the bag]. And did you see where [Rackley] was? He was right there to make the call."

Countered Murphy: "We had access to video. I'm sure you guys did, too. So we know the answer to that."

Monday, September 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay Day, Mejia, Familia, Expected Call-ups, Backman, McHugh


Mets News and Notes:

Jason Bay had only his fourth two-hit game of the season yesterday. The Mets' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chris Young and has now limited opponents to one earned run in its past 22 1/3 innings.

The Mets swept a series for the first time since June 20, against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field.

Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs in six innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 6-0 loss at Lehigh Valley. St. Lucie posted its club-record 83rd victory in its regular-season finale and opens the playoffs Tuesday at Jupiter. Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 1-0, to fall into a first-place tie in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings with three games remaining.

Mejia last appeared in the majors in September 2010, before Tommy John surgery.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Second Series, In Philly, Niese, Wright's Sacrifice, Turner, Familia, Binghamton


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets won their second consecutive series, taking two of three from the Phillies. Their five-game winning streak in Philadelphia was snapped with Wednesday's loss. It was the longest single-season win streak by the Mets in Philadelphia since they won five straight in 1972.

The Mets finished the Philadelphia portion of the season series with a 7-2 record at Citizens Bank Park. That fell one win shy of matching their most in a season in the City of Brotherly Love. In 1972, the Mets went 8-1 at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies' former home.

Yesterday Mets Pitcher Jon Niese was charged with three runs in six innings while trying to overcome the flu.

"Right now I pretty much just have a cough," Niese said. "I'm just hacking up some stuff. I really didn't feel like I had much energy out there today. I just battled through it. I had to execute pitches when I needed to. You know going in that you're not going to have it, but it's one of those things where you've got to get it done."

David Wright's sacrifice fly in Tuesday's win gave him 58 for his career, tying Ed Kranepool's club record.

It was the seventh time in his career that Wright tied a game with a sacrifice fly, tying Lee Mazzilli for the most-game-tying sacrifice flies in Mets history. He already has the most go-ahead sacrifice flies with 18, one more Kranepool.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Familia, Baxter, Francisco, Mets Trade Front


Mets News and Notes:


Jeurys Familia limited Toledo to one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings, but Triple-A Buffalo lost in extra innings to the Mud Hens. With St. Lucie, Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH in the fourth day of a maximum 20-day rehab assignment.

Jon Rauch had his knees drained before the series opener and was unavailable Tuesday. He returned to game action Wednesday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts.

The Mets are aiming for Frank Francisco (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment next Friday, so the closer should miss the upcoming homestand against the Dodgers and Nationals.

On the Trade Front:

David Lennon in Newsday reports the Mets have targeted Oakland reliever Grant Balfour.

Only Choice Left?
Sandy Alderson tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger: “We’re not interested in doing something just to create the impression that we’re doing something." McCullough reports the Mets have scouted Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego’s Huston Street, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brett Myers.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Francisco, Familia, Santana, Thole


Here are some Mets News and Notes :

Jason Bay (concussion) is due to run and hit off a tee for team medical personnel Monday in New York, while  Frank Francisco (oblique) is scheduled to throw at distances up to 60 feet on flat ground in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the first time since landing on the disabled list during the Subway Series at Citi Field.

Jeurys Familia was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings as Triple-A Buffalo lost to Durham by a 12-6 score for the second straight day. After the game, Bisons manager Wally Backman did not rule out the possibility of a demotion to Double-A Binghamton for Familia.

Terry Collins was not upset Johan Santana was passed over for the All-Star Game, since it's probably best the southpaw takes it easy during the break as he gears up for the second half after missing the 2011 season. Santana is expected to start the second-half opener on July 13 in Atlanta.

Josh Thole said he would get in touch with NL starting catcher Buster Posey to offer tips on how to catch the knuckleball if Posey does not reach out first.  

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mets Pitchers Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia among the first eleven cut



They may have expected the news, but that did not make it any less disappointing for Mets top pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia. Harvey and Familia were among 11 players in the first round of cuts from big league camp Thursday morning.

"I'm not happy about it," Harvey said. "But I can't make the decision, so I'm going to go out there wherever I'm throwing and do the best I can, and keep working and try to get to the level I want to be at."

In addition to Harvey and Familia -- who are ranked Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, by MLB.com on the Mets' Top 20 Prospects list -- the club cut pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Armando Rodriguez, Josh Stinson and Robert Carson, infielders Wilmer Flores, Reese Havens, Zach Lutz and Valentino Pascucci, and outfielders Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker. Mejia, Havens and Nieuwenhuis all might have stuck around longer if not for injuries.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Mets protect seven of their top prospects, put them on the 40 man roster


Kirk Nieuwenhuis
With an abnormally large number of their top prospects vulnerable in next month's Rule 5 Draft, the Mets on Friday performed some extensive roster shuffling to keep their farm system intact.

The Mets added pitchers Robert Carson and Jeurys Familia, outfielders Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Cesar Puello, and infielders Wilmer Flores and Reese Havens to their 40-man roster, ensuring that no team can select those players in the Rule 5 Draft proceedings at the Winter Meetings in Dallas.

They opted not to protect pitcher Brad Holt and infielder Jefry Marte, among others, leaving those players exposed to other teams.
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