Montero called up for date with Yanks

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By Keith Gendron

Rafael Montero has been called up by Mets GM, Sandy Alderson to pitch against the Yankees Wednesday night at Citifield. One of the Mets prized pitching prospects will get a big taste of “the show” thrown right into the subway series, which will certainly be a sell out crowd in attendance.
Montero 4-1 at Vegas with a 3.67 era in 8 starts has averaged 9 so/9 ip, is hoping to provide a kick to the struggling team and provide some quality starts. The move sends Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen. Mejia has struggled to get past the 3rd time through opponent’s batting order in recent weeks. I didn’t know Alderson could think outside the box and also to let go of the obsession with delaying every prospect’s promotion due to their “super 2″ status on occasion.

No end in sight

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Published by Keith Gendron

Is their a closer in the house? Not residing at citifield, apparently. And not anytime soon, either. The Mets(16-16), may be 20-12 if not for the void left from Bobby Parnell’s season-ending injury.
With Terry Collins trying to solve the issue with the limited options at his disposal, so far has proven futile. Jose Valverde saved a few at the beginning of the season before giving up 4 homers. Farnsworth has been ok at best, but really isn’t able to be used too often. Familia and German have also fallen victim to giving up the long ball. Mostly, this is because they have failed to get ahead of hitters and are then forced into hitter’s counts. Dice-k has a save this year too, but hasn’t been given the opportunity to run with it.
I am assuming at some point this summer deGrom, Montero and Syndergaard will be in the bullpen as well, and Mejia too but who will get it done until then?
An option is Vic black who is in Las Vegas trying to correct a common problem amongst Mets relievers, and that is his control issues, walking 10 in 11+ innings in relief, although he hasn’t been punished by his wildness with a 0.73 era heading into last night.
Oh and by the way, the Mets made no offer on reliever Joel Hanrahan either, who the Tigers just signed after he auditioned for half the league.

Ike to Pirates

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Published by Keith Gendron

About an hour ago it became official that Ike davis was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Zack Thornton and a player to be named.
Davis, was a part of trade rumors all winter and his days were numbered after opening day, when the Mets decided to give Lucas Duda an extended look at first base. Duda has done well batting .275 and a team leading 3hrs and 8 rbis.
Ike’s career has been derailed by injuries and at 26, the Pirates hope he can supply them with power in a platoon with Gabby Sanchez.
Davis best year was in 2012 when he hit 32 hrs and had 90 rbis.

Chris Young plays tonight

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Chris Young’s Mets debut was cut short on opening day with a quad strain. He played leftfield for the top of the first and was then removed.
After a productive stint in Vegas, he will be in the outfield tonight beginning a 3 games series against the Braves at Citifield.
Young was signed in the offseason, in hopes to rejuvenate his career and return to the right-handed power bat he was just 4 years ago.
With Juan Lagares on the DL, Young should be patrolling centerfield for almost 2 weeks.

Mets outlast Angels, win 7-6 in 13

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by Keith Gendron

After surrendering a 3 run lead in the bottom if the ninth, Anthony Recker put the Mets(5-6) ahead for good with a solo blast in the top of the 13th inning in Anaheim, Ca.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth inning in hopes of preserving a very good performance by Jon Niese(7-2/3 ip, 3er, 5so, 1bb), but gave up a 3 run blast to Raul Ibanez.
Lucas Duda, designated hit for the first time this year and hit his 3rd homer of the year off Angels starter Jered Weaver on a full count 87mph fastball.
Omar Quintanilla starting fir Ruben Tejada also had a good game, driving in a pair if runs.
John Lannan, easily had his best outing with 2 perfect innings in relief for his first win if 2014.
Todays rubber game is a 3:35 EST start, with Bartolo Colon facing C.J. Wilson.
Mets are 3-2 on this road trip. After today they fly to Arizona for 3 more before returning home Friday.

Chris Young begins assignment at Vegas

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Published by Keith Gendron

Chris Young begins his rehab assignment in Vegas tomorrow. The Mets 7.25 million dollar, right-handed batting outfielder can be re-called from the DL as soon as Friday, the 18th. He hasn’t had any setbacks during his extended spring training games in Florida, but what will Terry Collins decision be with Young’s inevitable return?
Juan Lagares is so valuable defensively and has been a run producer thus far. After a slow start, Eric Young Jr. has become more productive and stole 3 bases in last nights 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
When Chris Young was signed he was pretty much garaunteed playing time for an opportunity to reclaim a once promising career. By next Friday, Young will have missed 15 games.
My feeling is Collins, as per directives by Sandy Alderson, will give CF to Young and have Lagares fill in on off days for the other two outfielders. It isn’t fair, but as of now if the outfield is healthy, this is how i see the situation is dealt with.

Mets take 2 of 3 in ATL

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The Mets have started well on this 9 game road trip, taking 2 of 3 from the Braves. They took last nights game 6-4. Jenrry Mejis was shaky through 5 innings, striking out 7 and walking 4 and giving up all the Braves runs. Daniel Murphy had 3 hits and 3 rbis. Eric Young Jr. also had 3 hits and stole 3 bases causing havoc whenever he got on. The bullpen has simmered down recently after their horrible series opening the season against the Nats and shut down the Braves for 4 innings. Jose valverde got his 2nd save and is yet to give up a run in 5.1 innings.
Next up is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 3 games out west beginning tonite after the Mets arrive there 5:30am EST. Dillon Gee opposes Tyler Skaggs tonite. The Mets get a break with the absence of Josh Hamilton, due to a thumb injury.

Mets will have no room for error in Atlanta

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Published by Keith Gendron

After a 2-4 homestand the Mets take to the road to play the Atlanta Braves, Anaheim Angels and the Arizona Diamondbacks. This will be no easy task and they better bring their bats especially in Atlanta as their pitching staff has compiled a 1.56 era, winning 4 of their first six games.
The Mets begin the Atlanta series tomorrow night after today’s off day with Bartolo Colon facing Aaron Harang. Wednesday will be Ervin Santana’s debut as a Brave versus Zach Wheeler. The series finale puts the Mets electric Jenrry Mejia up against rookie, David Hale who has given up 1 earned run in 16 career major league innings. The Braves are trying to repeat as NL east division champs and although they have lost 2/5 of their rotation to injuries, they make no excuse and appear determined to do whatever it takes to win. The Mets will have to be at their best in all aspects to compete. The goal will be to strike early, so they won’t have the even more challenging task of putting runs up against the Braves’ bullpen.>

Day after being hero, Ike gets start

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Published by Keith Gendron

So much for extended look at first base for Lucas Duda. Actually, according to Terry Collins, Ike Davis was going to play today regardless of his clutch, walk-off, pinch-hit grand slam yesterday over Cincinnati. Ike’s second pinch-hit this season and first homer gave the Mets a 6-3 win and some momentum going into Sunday’s series finale as they look fir the sweep. Jon Niese makes his season debut as he is activated frim the DL, sending Wilmer Flores back to Triple-A, Las Vegas.
After today the Mets(2-3) have a day off before playing 3 in Atlanta(4-1) followed by 3 in Anaheim and 3 in Arizona.
Just a Note: Mets have hit 7 homers on the homestand….
Duda 2, Davis, Lagares, Brown, Wright and Granderson have hit 1 a piece.

Mejia’s turn to get the job done

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Published by Keith Gendron

Now that the Nats are out of town, maybe the Mets can brush the dirt off and stand up and try again. Tonite Jenrry Mejia is on the hill vs. the Cincinnati Reds, opening up a 3 game series against another potential playoff team.
Mejia pitched well in spring training and in 5 starts last year before falling to bone spurs in his right elbow. He was awarded a roster spot over Daisuke Matsuzaka just before Monday and if he can stay healthy, will be given an opportunity to show 2013 wasn’t a fluke.
I am hoping due to the horrible inability to get outs by the current bullpen, that the team doesn’t screw with Mejia and move him there. But, if the relief incompetence continues, I wouldn’t be surprised if they would and promote Dice-K to fill Mejia’s spot in the rotation.
I think they should promote Montero now and let him pitch in relief for now and let him start during the summer. He has a higher innings cap than Syndergaard. But the control factor appears to great for Alderson to concede to common sense.
Another note, of lesser importance is Lucas Duda begins his extended audition as the Mets first baseman tonight.

A perspective from an avid Met fan of over 35 years on the Mets and baseball in general.

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