Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WINTER IS COMING FOR JAY BRUCE 9-21-2016

What to do with Jay Bruce?  That seems to be the million dollar question. Right now, he is a detriment to this team.  They need to put out on the field,the best nine that they can to win games and he is not amongst them.  He  has been awful since he was traded here, and is showing no signs of "coming around".  They have to continue to win games to stay in the wild card hunt and Jay Bruce in the lineup does not help.

The final straw may have come on Tuesday night as Terry Collins, pinch hit Eric Campbell for Bruce in the 8th inning.  The Mets were staging a rally and the Braves went with a lefty, and the Terry pulled Bruce for "Soup", who delivered with a single driving in a run. 

"I always think I'm the best choice ... but he's the manager and I respect his decision," Bruce said after the game. "I don't deserve any explanation from the manager.

You're right, you don't deserve an explanation from the manager,  it should be clear, you are not hitting , you are not playing!

The Mets have an option on his contract for next season.  Please DO NOT exercise the option,give him his buyout and cut him loose, he is not worth the money you would have to pay him and, money better suited elsewhere.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

HALFWAY HOME 7-14-2016

Here we are at the "traditional" halfway point of the season and the Mets are still in the race.  Honestly, I thought they would be in better shape in the pennant race but it is what it is. They can still make a run at the division, being only 6 games back, but don't forget the wildcard is still within their grasp.  The keys to a better second half are:

A stable bullpen
More consistent offense 
Better fundies
Stay healthy

I believe if they can accomplish these (no brainer) goals then they have have a shot at being right there when the dust settles.

They managed to take 2 out of three from the Phillies, but now the job gets tougher.  Cubs, Marlins, St. Louis, no breaks in this schedule.

Matt Harvey has chosen to have season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
The surgery will be performed this week, we believe, by preeminent TOS surgeon Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis, Boras told ESPN.com.

Harvey said via Twitter:
"I'm extremely disappointed to learn that I'll be out for the season, but I'm relieved to have answers and get back to doing what I love"

The surgery will remove a rib that is constricting nerves and blood vessels - that travel through his shoulder - where the rib connects to the upper spine. Removing the rib creates space and alleviates the constriction, which will restore feeling in Harvey's pitching arm and fingers.

Good luck to him hope all goes well as we will need him down the road.


Noah Syndergaard said that after the break, he is going to be like Bartolo Colon.  No, he's not going to start eating donuts and bulk up but, he will adjust his off-day work routines to keep his arm fresh and back off his bullpen work like Big Sexy does.
“I am going to take a step back, look at my routine every five days and take a play out of Bartolo’s playbook,” Syndergaard said. “He doesn’t throw bullpens, he takes it really light on his arm and every fifth day he is fresh as can be.
“I am at the point of the season where I don’t need to be throwing 30-35 pitch bullpens anymore,” Syndergaard added. “I am going to taper it back to 15-20, if that.”
Syndergaard, who left his last start Friday against the Nats with  arm/shoulder fatigue, said Monday he will just play catch before Tuesday’s All-Star Game to see how the arm is feeling . He says he will be ready to go for the Cubs series, on Monday.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

THE RETURN OF JOSE 7-5-2016



From Metsblog.com:
Jose Reyes will join the Mets and be activated on Tuesday, the team announced Monday.
Travis d'Arnaud agreed to give up his number so Reyes can wear No. 7, according to ESPN.
Terry Collins has said Reyes, 33, will likely bat leadoff when he joins the team, while getting most of his time in the field at third base.

"He's going to bring us a ton of energy," David Wright told reporters this past weekend, when asked about Reyes potentially rejoining the Mets. "I think that's something we can really use is his dynamic on the field -- his speed, his charisma, his ability."

All true, you can always use more energy.  He will also offer a veteran voice in the clubhouse in the second half of the season. I'm curious to see the type of reaction he gets tonight at Citi Field at his first at bat.  I know a lot of people do not like the move, bringing him back, but it really is a no-brainer for the Mets.  Reyes cost them nothing except money, and we get to see if he has anything left.  If the experiment fails you let him go. Simple. As far as the reaction goes, I wouldn't be surprised at anything that occurs, though I would expect a standing ovation, with a spattering of boos.  We shall see.

Monday, July 4, 2016

BASEBALL IS A CRAZY GAME 7-3-2016



Baseball is a crazy game.  Last week we took the Mets for dead, swept by the Nationals and coming home to face the best team in the league the Cubs. And what do the Mets do, they go out and sweep the Cubs, taking apart the Cubs pitching staff in two of the four games. In an amazing display of offense Wilmer Flores went  6 for 6 .  I guess home cooking revitalized the team, and maybe the infectious smile of Brandon Nimmo, a recent call up, lit a fire, whatever it was let's hope it continue thru the rest of the home stand.


If Brandon Nimmo continue to perform , I can see a toothpaste commercial in his future, don’t you?


Have a feeling the Miami Marlins will be chasing all this season.  They have a good young crew that can hit and catch the ball.  The pitching is thin but just might have enough to keep in the race.


MEET BILLY BRYK JR.
Billy Bryk Jr. 31, is the new pitching coach for the 2016 Brooklyn Cyclones.  Billy served as a pitching coach for the Frontier Greys in the independent Frontier League in 2015.  Billy comes from a baseball family.  His father, Bill, is currently a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Bill Sr., pitched in the minors for the Mets in 1972 for Batavia, and worked in the Pirates scouting and developing department for 16 years from 1982-1998. 

Bill Jr., worked in independent baseball from 2007-12 in different capacities and then served as a special assignment scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks in  2013 & 2014.  At the end of last season Billy signed a contract with the Lake Erie Crushers in the independent Frontier League.  About a week after signing with them, Bryk received a call from Ron Romanick, the Mets Minor League pitching Coordinator, informing him that there was two open coaching positions, one of those was in Brooklyn on Tom Gamboa’s staff.  “It got me speechless at first, because I’ve known Gambi since I was in High School when he was with the Padres with my father”.

Extended Spring Training is a long haul but, it allowed Bryk to see  what kind of pitchers the Mets had. “ Being in spring training, extended is a grueling uh, it’s a grind  every day going to the field and seeing guys you may not even have,” Bryk said.  “ The last couple of weeks I‘ve been getting more of a feel for the guys I may be able to get.”

Bryk is very happy with his staff and urges the fans to “watch everyone.” “There’s not just one guy, I would say as a whole, everyone will be refreshing to watch,” Bryk said.  Bryk did go on to explain that fans that like velocity, like he does,  should keep an eye on Merandy Gonzalez, “ he can bring it up there at 97 or 98.”   The pitchers will be on a pitch count of about 80 pitches, especially the starters.  “You”ll see more out of them the second or third time out there, “ Bryk said.


 That’s it for now until next time

KEEP THE FAITH
STAY OPTIMISTIC
AND

LET’S GO METS

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

KEEP THE FAITH, STAY OPTIMISTIC, & LETS GO METS!! 6-21-2016





Yesterday, I was reading an email I received from one of my listeners to the "MetsMusings" podcast.  In it the writer asked how I could stay optimistic with this Mets team, they stink, they can't hit , they are no good.  Pretty much the same stuff we heard last year.  I was going to write this person back and answer but instead I decided to put it here in the blog for everyone to see. And so here it is.

I am a Mets fan , because it in my blood,  and is almost like a part of my DNA. I have rooted for this team since they begun in 1962, when I was 9 years old.  I have seen the highs, and I've seen the lows, (and believe there are more lows then highs) but I still bleed Orange and Blue.   It gets inside you and you cant let it go.  I tried.  When I was in college , I rooted for another team, but wouldnt you know it the 1973 Mets win the pennant, and I'm back in their grip again. And I love it.  Is it frustrating? You bet it is, do I get angry and mad?  I certainly do, in fact, I was very ticked off Sunday after being swept   by the Braves and then my daughter  gave me the piece pictured above and it made me realize, you get frustrated, you get mad, but you always come home because that is what a fan does. And really in the big picture while I love Baseball, it is just a game, a sport, and really means little more then a distraction from the rigors of life.  Family is what matters, Baseball is a game, a great game, and something I love to see, and talk about it but that's it.  And when I see baseball I want to see the Mets, because they are my team no matter what.  

So enjoy the good times, survive the bad and Keep The Faith, Stay Optimistic, & Lets Go Mets!! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

THOR, THE DARK KNIGHT,ETCETERA, ETCETERA. 5-31-2016




In one of the most ridiculous things I have ever witnessed as a baseball fan, Noah Syndergaard was ejected from a game by home plate umpire Adam Hamari, for throwing behind Chase Utley.  There was no warning issued either after the pitch, or before the game, just the ejection by a fill in umpire who was clearly trying to make a statement.

After the game crew chief Tom Hallion issued a statement saying that Hamari believed that the pitch was intentional and in that situation has the right to either warn or eject the player. We never see ejections in these cases, until Saturday night in Queens.


He also indicated in the statement that last year's game had nothing to do with the Syndergaard ejection. That is disingenuous. If it didn't why was he so quick to eject, he should have warned both benches and let it be. But no the Hamari  got involved and may have cost the Mets a win.  He changed the game by taking a top pitcher out of the game, by taking the inside corner away from the Mets pitchers, and forcing them into the bullpen early.

MLB sits on its hand , changes rules, but gives no clear actions and confuses the matters even more. There is no consistency and that is the fault of the MLB.   Ken Rosenthal has a great piece on the need for consistency among officiating in baseball.


No doubt about it Matt Harvey turned in his best performance of the year, Monday tossing seven scoreless innings, ending a three-start losing streak as the Mets blanked the Chicago White Sox, 1-0, at Citi Field.

Harvey gave up a season-low two hits and struck out six batters while pitching into the seventh for the first time this season. He threw 87 pitchers and faced the minimum 18 batters in the first six innings. But, this is only the first step back .  He will need to deliver more games like this in his upcoming starts.  Let's hope he can.


David Wright  told reporters after Monday's win that he has a herniated disc in his neck. He will know more Tuesday  after he visits the team's medical staff again.

Prior to Monday's game, manager Terry Collins said there is "concern" that Wright may have to go on the disabled list with a neck problem. Wright did not play for the third game  in a row on Monday, the series opener against the White Sox at Citi Field.
Wright's neck issue is not related to his spinal stenosis condition that sidelined him for several months last season.
This could be the end for David.  The injuries keep mounting and they are serious ones.  The question is does he want to continue the pain and agony he goes through to get ready for a professional ballgame?  When is enough, enough? He will have to sit down with his family and ponder these questions and I fear it will be sooner rather then later.  I would love to have a healthy David Wright back in the lineup, I just don't think that is possible anymore.

 
With the arrival of James Loney to play first base and the impending David Wright visit to the DL  the Mets still will need to dump someone off of the 40 man roster for Loney.  My guess is Ty Kelly, though I would not be surprised if it's Campbell.    Campbell has not really hit but has played well in the field.  Kelly has not had a lot of chances but got his first big league hit, and has also played well defensively.  I guess it will come down to who has the bigger upside.
 
That's all for now remember
 
Keep The Faith
Stay Optimistic
and Let's Go Mets!!                                                       

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS 5-24-2016



The injury to Luca Duda is a big blow and leaves a big hole in the Mets lineup, but, let's not panic yet.  Somehow, over the last two seasons the Mets have been able to weather the storm until the players return.  Last year it was Wright and d'Arnaud, now this year d'Arnaud and Duda.  Remember the Mets have won four in a row (as I write this)  with Eric Campbell at first and Sandy Alderson is not the type to rush into a deal and risk getting fleeced.  I'm sure he will keep checking the wires and keep his ear to the ground and make an approiate deal when the time is right.



Matt Harvey goes tonight and he must show some improvement or the rumors and speculation will start up and again.  Come on Matt dig deep, and come up with a clutch performance.  We are pulling for you.



I like Travis d'Arnaud, honest, I do it's just that the guy cannot stay healthy.  And it's not a little nagging thing here and there.  No, Travis has some big injuries.  The latest being to his rotator cuff . d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff.  He received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in early May. He has since been throwing a baseball and rehabbing, but not hitting, with a personal trainer at his home in California.

d’Arnaud  is expected to move his rehab to St. Lucie later this week, according to assistant general manager John Ricco
"He threw a couple of days ago and felt pretty good," Ricco said. "He's going to throw one more time and then head back to Port St. Lucie in the middle of the week. He's still got a little time in front of him before getting back out on the field playing baseball. But he did feel better the last time he threw, a couple of days ago."
We need to get him back and healthy but, can he stay that way.


That’s it for now remember to
Keep the Faith
Stay Optimistic
And
Lets Go Mets