2018 Season

Mets sign Vance Worley to a minor-league deal

The Mets signed RHP Vance Worley to a minor-league contract, and will enter an extended spring training camp before heading to Triple-A Las Vegas or playing in Flushing.

Worley signed with the Reds to a minor-league contract in January, his deal included a spring training invite with the club. Worley opted out of his contract on April 3rd after failing to reach the major league roster, making him a free agent.

Worley has bounced around from team-to-team since making his professional debut in 2010, playing for five clubs in seven seasons at the major-league level. Last season, Worley struggled on the mound for the Marlins. He pitched a 6.28 ERA and a 4.90 ERA in 71.2 innings pitched for Miami. The 30-year old right-hander ended up playing a good stretch of last season in Triple-A New Orleans, where he pitched a paltry 4.43 ERA and 4.77 FIP in eight starts.

Worley’s pitch arsenal is pretty unremarkable. In 2017, his fastball averaged at 90.4 mph, and was worth only 1.4 runs above average in pitch value, while every one of his secondary pitches were worth a negative amount of runs above average in pitch value.

Considering the injury dilemma occurring with Jason Vargas, and the usage the Mets bullpen has seen to open the season, it is unclear how Worley will begin his Mets career: whether he will provide minor-league depth for Las Vegas, or pitch from the bullpen for the Mets.

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2018 Season

Epic bullpen meltdown spoils deGrom’s start, leads to 8-6 defeat

It was a game that began with plenty of promise: Jacob deGrom coasted through seven and a third of innings by throwing a dozen strikeouts, the Mets’ offense supplied adequate support for their starter, and the Nationals looked hapless without their stars in Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy.

Here’s a brief rundown that I begrudgingly made to assure you that the past couple of innings did indeed happen.

It began after deGrom gave up two singles to Moises Sierra and Michael A. Taylor to begin the inning. deGrom’s pitch count was already at the century mark, and it seemed reasonable to pull him with a five-run lead and five outs to go. Seth Lugo came in to pitch for deGrom and subsequently walked Howie Kendrick to the load the bases, leaving Jerry Blevins to enter the game with a match-up advantage against Bryce Harper. Harper added to his already-notorious reputation of a Met killer by hitting a single into right to plate two runs.

Manager Mickey Callaway opted to sub in A.J. Ramos for Jerry Blevins with two men on and a now-shrunken three-run lead. Ramos was able to strike out a struggling Ryan Zimmerman to put up two outs in the eighth inning. Seemed like the early-inning rally was just an aberration, if Ramos can just get this final out, the Mets will be home free. In response to striking out Ryan Zimmerman, A.J. Ramos allows a single to Pedro Severino to load the bases, and then walks in a run against former Met Matt Reynolds.

Mickey Callaway saw how Ramos is clearly struggling, and subbed in Jeurys Familia to complete a four-out save with the bases still loaded. Familia looked absolutely dreadful, he allowed Wilmer Difo to drive two runs in, including the game-tying run. In the very next at-bat, Familia hit Moises Sierra, who was batting for the second time that inning, to juice the bases once again. The coup-de-grace came in the form of a walk to Michael A. Taylor to allow Matt Reynolds to score the game-winning run.

Familia was able to get Trea Turner to fly out to end the inning, but the damage was already done. Soon after, Nationals reliever Brandon Kintzler was able to blank a team that had his number so far this season. Then Ryan Madsen came in to hammer the final nail in the coffin.

Given how fantastic the Mets’ bullpen began the season, it was expected they would regress to the mean and pitch at a vincible pace. But no one expected a bullpen that looked so indomitable just days prior would collapse so quickly. Late-inning collapses happen all the time to teams, but they rarely unravel in a fashion where the trailing team doesn’t force the issue and the bullpen ends up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. This game will likely have no effect on this team two or three months later in the season, and the Mets can put this game in their rear-mirror if they end up winning this series or else they could allow this heartbreaking loss to compound into something more harrowing.

 

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2018 Season

Mets Pre-Game Report – 4/16/18

After a walk-off home run hit by Wilmer Flores catapulted the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Brewers, the Mets hope they have a little more magic at their disposal in a pivotal divisional matchup against the Washington Nationals.

Jacob deGrom will start tonight against RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who was just added to the Nationals roster today. deGrom showed great resolve in an outing that was turbulent at times, allowing four earned while striking out six hitters against the Marlins on Tuesday night.

The starting lineups for tonight’s game are shown below:

Washington Nationals (7-9, 4th in NL East)

  1. Trea Turner – SS (.203, 1 HR, 83 wRC+)
  2. Howie Kendrick – 2B (.314, 1 HR, 122 wRC+)
  3. Bryce Harper – RF (.300, 7 HR, 212 wRC+)
  4. Ryan Zimmerman – 1B (.122, 1 HR, 19 wRC+)
  5. Matt Adams – LF (.185, 2 HR, 131 wRC+)
  6. Matt Wieters – C (.250, 2 HR, 178 wRC+)
  7. Wilmer Difo – 3B (.242, 1 RBI, 85 wRC+)
  8. Jeremy Hellickson – P (Making season debut tonight)
  9. Michael A. Taylor – CF (.193, 2 RBI, 31 wRC+)

New York Mets (12-2, 1st in NL East)

  1. Brandon Nimmo – RF (.400, 1 HR, 267 wRC+)
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B (.333, 3 HR, 156 wRC+)
  3. Michael Conforto – LF (.250, 1 HR, 127 wRC+)
  4. Todd Frazier – 3B (.295, 2 HR, 171 wRC+)
  5. Adrian Gonzalez – 1B (.259, 1 HR, 99 wRC+)
  6. Juan Lagares – CF (.350, 1 RBI, 89 wRC+)
  7. Jose Lobaton – C (1 for 6)
  8. Jacob deGrom – P (3.53 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 1.13 WHIP)
  9. Amed Rosario – SS (.233, 6 RBI, 72 wRC+)

Game notes

  • Start time: 7:10 pm EST
  • Weather: 53 degrees with winds in the 10s and 20s blowing to left field
  • TV: SNY
  • Radio: 710 WOR, 106.7 The Fan

 

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2018 Season

Mets’ bats go cold, win streak snapped at nine

As the saying goes: all good things must come to an end. The Mets fell to the Brewers, 5-1 on Saturday night, snapping a nine-game win streak.

The Brewers were able to attack Harvey early, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the second on a 3-run home run hit by Jonathan Villar. Harvey then allowed another home run in the fourth inning to push the deficit to four. Harvey was taken out of the game after five innings, allowing four earned runs and eight hits.

The salt-and-pepper was kept on the shelves tonight, the Mets offense struggled to hit all night long. They were held to no hits until the fifth inning, and were only able to get three hits total in the game. Despite playing with a surmountable deficit for a majority of the game, the offense was unable to string together hits and create a rally like they have been able to several times throughout the winning streak.

The consolation of tonight’s game came in the form of Paul Sewald, who pitched in his third relief appearance in thirteen games so far. Sewald was able to strike out five Brewers hitters and hold them to no hits in three innings of relief. Given Harvey’s early exit, and Sewald taking on a heavy workload tonight, the rest of the bullpen will be rested for tomorrow afternoon’s game.

Next Game: Mets (Noah Syndergaard – 2-0, 3.94 ERA) vs. Brewers (Jhoulys Chacin – 0-1, 6.59 ERA)

 

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2018 Season

Mets survive late-inning rally, extend winning streak to nine

The hot streak rolls on as the Mets defeated the Brewers tonight, 6-4. In front of a boisterous Citi Field crowd very reminiscent of the fans that would pack Citi during the Mets’ 2015 NL Pennant run, the Mets were able to stymie a late-inning comeback by the Brewers and win their ninth game in a row and improve their record to an astounding 11-1.

The Mets’ offense was able to tack on a couple of runs early in the ballgame, and were able to get to Brewers’ starter Zach Davies quickly, causing him to be pulled after four and third innings pitched. Former member of the No Homers Club, Todd Frazier, knocked his first two home runs in tonight’s game.

Steven Matz was able to work through the first few innings without any sweat, but left a couple of pitches up in the zone which bit him. Matz gave up a two-run home run to Hernan Perez and Travis Shaw, each. Aside from his pitch counts becoming prematurely high, another problem that Matz has exhibited so far this season is he is able to cruise the first time through the order, but he then gets shelled by hitters when he reaches the order a second time.

Once again, the bullpen came up strong, and at no better time. The Brewers almost came back from a 6-2 deficit in the sixth inning and the Mets needed to close down a suddenly-revitalized Brewers offense. Mickey Callaway was able to play the matchup game and use A.J. Ramos, Jerry Blevins, and Robert Gsellman to work out of a jam in the top of the eighth inning. Jeurys Familia dominated the side the finish the game and complete his seventh save this season.

Player of the Game: Todd Frazier (2 for 3, 2 HR, 1 BB)

The Tom’s River, New Jersey native was able to wake up his bat and helped out the offense in a big way by hitting two home runs in tonight’s game, including one big fly to deep center in the second inning.

 

Photo Credit: Paul J. Bereswill

2018 Season

Mets vs. Brewers Pre-Game Report – 4/13/18

The Mets are back home for a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight. The Mets were able to sweep their 6-game road trip, winning 3 games each against the Nationals and the Marlins.

It has been a very unlucky Friday the 13th for the Mets. This morning, it was reported that Kevin Plawecki has suffered a hairline fracture on his right hand from a hit-by-pitch in Wednesday’s game, and will miss two to three weeks. Just a couple of hours after the news broke about Plawecki’s injury, it was reported that Travis d’Arnaud will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair a partially-torn UCL in his right elbow. Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton have been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace both catchers.

Brandon Nimmo was also recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas Friday, just days after getting sent down for relief pitcher Corey Oswalt. Relief pitcher Jacob Rhame has been sent down in the process to make room for Nimmo. Rhame has one save and a 7.36 ERA in four relief outings in 2018.

Steven Matz will start tonight against RHP Zach Davies (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 1.28 WHIP). Matz looked strong in his last outing against the Nationals last Saturday, tallying eight strikeouts and allowing no earned runs in five innings pitched.

The starting lineups for today’s game are shown below:

Milwaukee Brewers (7-6, 2nd in NL Central)

  1. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  2. Domingo Santana – RF
  3. Ryan Braun – LF
  4. Travis Shaw – 3B
  5. Jesus Aguilar – 1B
  6. Hernan Perez – 2B
  7. Orlando Arcia – SS
  8. Jett Bandy – C
  9. Zach Davies – P

New York Mets (10-1, 1st in NL East)

  1. Michael Conforto – CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Jay Bruce – RF
  5. Adrian Gonzalez – 1B
  6. Todd Frazier – 3B
  7. Amed Rosario – SS
  8. Jose Lobaton – C
  9. Steven Matz – P

Game notes

  • Game time: 7:10 pm EST
  • Weather: 76°, clear with southwest winds in the upper-single digits
  • TV: SNY
  • Radio: 710 WOR, ESPN Deportes 1050

 

Photo Credit: David Santiago/Miami Herald

2018 Season

Travis d’Arnaud to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

The bad news seems to be coming in waves for the Mets, as Travis d’Arnaud will undergo Tommy John surgery for a partially-torn UCL in his right elbow, effectively ending his season.

d’Arnaud was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Thursday for the injury, without any confirmation on whether he will need surgery or not. d’Arnaud isn’t the only Mets’ position player to undergo Tommy John surgery in the past year, as third baseman T.J. Rivera had the season-ending surgery last season for a similar injury. d’Arnaud’s 2018 season will end with 3 hits in 15 at-bats.

The Mets’ catcher depth is already depleted early in this season. It was reported earlier today that backup catcher Kevin Plawecki has suffered a broken right hand, which will keep him on the shelf for two to three weeks. Tomas Nido and newly called-up veteran Jose Lobaton will likely split time behind the backstop for the foreseeable future.

d’Arnaud will become a free agent by the end of the 2018 season, and considering his nightmarish injury history, his future with the Mets seems murky, at best. The one positive takeaway you can make about d’Arnaud undergoing Tommy John surgery is that position players typically have a recovery time-table of around 6 to 8 months, while pitchers often need a full month to recover after undergoing the surgery.

 

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