Archive for June, 2014

By Steven Inman

The Mets badly need d'Arnaud to hit when he gets recalled next week

The Mets badly need d’Arnaud to hit when he gets recalled next week

Travis d’Arnaud is doing exactly what the Mets hoped he would do when they optioned. He’s crushing the ball in Triple-A. Now the ball flies out of Vegas and the entire Pacific Coast League but it very encouraging that the 25-year old catcher is driving the ball for extra bases right now.

The catcher is hitting .458 with six homers and 15 RBI’s in 12 games since being sent down.

He was hitting .180 with three HR and nine RBI in 39 games with the Mets.

“It was all mental,” d’Arnaud said of his struggles in New York to the Las Vegas Review Journal.

He said, in Vegas, he’s approaching every at bat like it’s his last, while not thinking about “a hundred different things.”

“I kind of went away from that (in the majors),” d’Arnaud concluded.

I would rather d’Arnaud say it was mental than say he doesn’t know why he wasn’t hitting in the major leagues. Believe it or not Met catchers have actually been even worse since d’Arnaud went down. Met catchers are batting just .177 with 1 HR since d’Arnaud got sent down on June 6th.

Mets catchers this season are hitting .193 (52-270 AB) only the Dodgers (.191) are worse in baseball.

I still think he is going to be a very good catcher and the Mets could really use some production in what has been a very bad offense.

D’Arnaud is expected to return for the two game set at Citi Field vs. the Athletics Tuesday and Wednesday.

By Steven Inman

David Wright and Daniel Murphy could be high fiving in Minnesota next month

David Wright and Daniel Murphy could be high fiving in Minnesota next month

With the 2014 all-star game now only a month away, let’s take a look at the candidates to represent the New York Mets at Target Field in Minnesota next month.

David Wright: You can make the case that Wright is having the worst first half of his entire big league career. He has just 4 homers and is hitting just .265. Wright is hitting just .127 in his last 14 games (7-55 AB) with zero homers. He is batting one of the worst slumps of his career yet still may get voted in to start the all-star game. The third basemen position in the National League is just anemic right now. Nolan Arenado is hurt, Ryan Zimmerman is now in left field, while Pablo Sandoval and Pedro Alvarez haven’t hit much this season.

Wright is currently in first place in the all-star voting and with no other big name having a decent year behind him it looks like Wright could make the team as a starter even though it hasn’t been a good year for the Mets captain. Todd Frazier and Anthony Rendon are candidates to back up Wright at third.

Daniel Murphy: Murph has been the Mets best hitter this season in what could possibly (probably) be his final season in Queens. Murphy is 2nd in the National League in hits with 83, only one behind Paul Goldschmidt. Chase Utley is going to start the game at second base but a legitimate case can be made for Murphy to be his backup. His main competition comes from Neal Walker (who is now on the DL) and Dee Gordon.
Gordon has been making a name for himself this season with 36 steals but Murphy beats Gordon in BA, OBP, SLG, OPS, and pretty much any other statistically category not named SB. The thing that hurts Murphy most is the Mets poor 30-37 record. The Mets may actually get only one all-star.

Jon Niese: Niese is the Mets dark horse to make the All-Star team. He has put together his best year statistically in what is now his 7th season. Niese has a sparkling 2.54 ERA but unfortunately that only puts him 7th in the National League. What will really hurt Niese is his 3-3 record as he has already recorded seven no decisions this season. It would really help him if he could just record a couple of wins here before the break but with the way the Mets offense has been going I wouldn’t hold your breath.

These are the only three Mets with even a chance to make the All-Star Game. It has been a tough year for most Mets even individually so far through 40% of the season. Wright, Niese and Murphy are the only Mets with even a chance to make the team so we will have to wait and see when the rosters are announced in the first week of July. Remember plenty of guys will get hurt and Murphy and Niese have a chance to get in as a replacement later on.

Question for BrokeMets

Posted: June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Game #65: Brewers at Mets

Posted: June 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

BREWERS (L1, 38-27) AT METS (W1, 29-35)… 2nd of 3-game set at Citi Field
RHP Wily Peralta (5-5 3.03) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-2 3.19)
• The Mets snapped a season high six game losing streak Tuesday.
• The Brewers are a better team on the road (19-14) than the Mets are at home (14-17). But to be fair, the Metsies have won four of their last five home games.
• Terry Collins was given a vote of confidence to remain manager of the team before Tuesday’s game by GM Sandy Alderson.
• Wily Peralta has struggled recently. In his last two starts vs. the Cubs and Twins, the right-hander has gone 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA giving up 10 runs in 10.2 innings.
• Peralta is having trouble putting batters away as high pitch counts have plagued the young right hander. He threw 105 and 101 pitches in his last two starts failing to get out of the sixth both times.
• Peralta was doing a good job of keeping the ball in the ballpark but has now given up 3 long balls in his last two starts. He has now given up 10 on the year.
• Over his last six starts Peralta is 1-4 with a 4.15 ERA. Opponents are hitting .297 off him during that stretch.
• Peralta’s only career start against the Mets came back in September of 2012 when he threw eight scoreless innings in a 3-0 win at Miller Park.
• Jacob deGrom is coming off his worst start as a big leaguer where he gave up four runs in five innings at Wrigley Field.
• DeGrom has thrown a quality start in four of his five career big league starts. (11 earned runs in 31 career innings pitched)
• Carlos Gomez has now reached base in his last 25 games which leads the majors. During Gomez’s streak the centerfielder is hitting .347 (33-95 AB) with four homers and 16 RBI. He has a .421 OBP in that span.
• Curtis Granderson has reached base in 22 straight games, second in the majors only to Gomez. (.273 BA, .402 OBP, 3 HR). Meh.
• All- Star? Daniel Murphy is tied for first in the National League in hits with 80 (T-Goldschmidt)
• Murphy is hitting .406 (13-32 AB) with 2 HR in his last 8 games.
• David Wright has been struggling badly. In his last 16 games the All-Star third basemen is hitting .159 (10-63 AB) with just 1 HR.
• Ryan Braun has also been struggling over his last eight games, hitting just .176 (6-34 AB) with a .194 OBP and just 1 HR.
• The Mets have been looking for a guy to anchor the top of the lineup for years. Next guy to try it will be Ruben Tejada. The shortstop is hitting .341 (15-44 AB) with a .463 OBP and two homers over his last nine games.
• Scooter Gennett moved into the leadoff spot Tuesday night, replacing Jean Segura, who slides down to eighth. Gennett has been getting on base at a better clip than Segura of late, thus necessitating the switch. Gennett went 1-3 AB, with a walk in the No. 1 spot. He is batting .327 (17-52 AB) over his last 16 games.
• Former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez last pitched on Sunday at Pittsburgh when he notched his 19th save of the season.
• Prediction: Mets Tejada and Murphy get things going at the top of the order and deGrom gets his first big league win.

By Steven Inman

As the losses continue to pile up as the team struggles to hit, their offensive issues may get worse in the near future. It looks more and more likely that Daniel Murphy won’t be with the club in 2015, his last year before free agency. Murphy is due to make around $8-9 million next year in arbitration in 2015, a price that the Mets believe isn’t acceptable for their budget. Sandy Alderson has been critical of Murphy’s OBP the past few seasons and has openly attempted to move the potential all-star the past couple off-season’s.  Murphy’s .359 OBP currently leads the Mets.

In today’s game $8 million isn’t much, heck Chris Young is making $7.25 million to not hit this year.

Unfortunately with the Mets falling out of the race a little earlier than normal this season, perhaps the team would look to move the 29-year old at the deadline to a team in contention. Murphy is having one of his best seasons statistically and fangraphs believe he has been slightly ABOVE AVERAGE defensively this season. Murphy also leads the National League in hits with 79 and has been the Mets best offensive player in 2014.

Murphy has gotten hot recently too. In his last 42 games Murphy has hit .318 with a .386 OBP with 4 homers and 13 doubles. Murphy is the only left-handed hitter the Mets have had in the past decade or so that could actually hit lefties. Murphy in his career is a .280 hitter vs. lefties in 653 career at bats including a strong .339 vs. southpaws in 2014.

The Mets should extend Murphy as he and David Wright have been the only Mets offense the past few years. His perception around the league is that he still isn’t much of a second basemen defensively so they should be able to lock him up cheaper than you might think. Murphy loves New York and would be open to an extension but the Mets have no plans of keeping him long-term.

The baseball industry knows very well that Murphy is available which likely will hurt what the team can get for Murphy. He will garner interest at the trade deadline but if I had to guess Murphy won’t be moved until the winter. Teams that could be interested in Murphy this summer or winter include the Giants, the Padres (they love Murphy), the Rangers and yes those New York Yankees.

The Mets don’t have the money to replace Murphy’s production so the offense could actually be even worse in 2015 than it is this year. Murphy has been a great player for the Mets who won’t break the bank wherever he winds up. It’s going to be a shame to lose a kid that came through the minor leagues in this manner. This one might get rough Mets fans…..

By Steven Inmanima

After starting the year on the disabled list, Jon Niese was the forgotten man in the Mets starting rotation.  He still seems to be flying under the radar as he is currently putting up his most impressive season to date. The left-hander has gone 3-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Niese hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 12 starts in 2014. Niese’s issue in the past has been throwing too many pitches early in the game and not being able to give the Mets much length. Niese has gone seven innings in three of his last four starts.

Last weekend in Philly the Mets needed Niese to go deep in the ballgame badly after all the extra inning games. Niese delivered his longest outing of the year going eight innings, giving up just two runs on 91 pitches in a game the Mets would win 4-3 in 11 innings.

Niese probably won’t garner all-star consideration because of his lack of wins. In today’s game there are so many great pitchers that you really need the wins to just get yourself noticed ahead of all the great competition.

Somehow Niese’s 2.68 ERA is 11th in the National League.

Niese was fantastic again Friday night vs. the Giants but the Mets offense couldn’t muster up more than two runs, in what turned into a no-decision for Jon during the Mets 4-2 loss down in the Bay area.

If Niese stays healthy this looks to be his best statistical year in what is now part of his seventh big league season.

By Steven Inmanima

Obviously Travis d’Arnaud has badly struggled this season and things don’t seem to be heading in the right direction for the 25-year old catcher. Since coming off the disabled list d’Arnaud is hitting just .115 (3-28 AB) with no extra base hits in eight games. D’Arnaud is hitting just .180 this season with three homers in 128 at bats.  “I got to be better than this,” d’Arnaud told reporters after the game. “This is unacceptable to me.”

Meanwhile down on the farm former Met first round pick Kevin Plawecki has been raking for Double-A Binghamton. The 23-year old prospect is hitting .326 with a .364 OBP, six homers and 37 RBI’s in 172 at bats. Expect him to get promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas within the next month. If he continues to hit there, then perhaps he is in line for a September call up.

The Mets biggest weakness in 2014 has been their inability to hit. With more than a third of the season already in the books, it is fair to place some of that blame on d’Arnaud. As the #1 catching prospect in baseball the past few years, it was fair to expect great things from the rookie backstop. However not all prospects work out and d’Arnaud must get it going soon before he gets bypassed.

If d’Arnaud struggles all year and Plawecki keeps hitting than perhaps the two go to Spring Training next season and compete for the starting catcher spot.

By Steven Inmanphoto

With their first round pick in the 2014 MLB draft the New York Mets selected Oregon State OF Michael Conforto. Conforto He was ranked the eighth best player in the draft by Keith Law of ESPN. Law said he has very good plate disciple but is “a high-floor pick but without a huge ceiling because he’s limited to left field.”

Conforto, 21, batted .351 this season, his junior year, with a .506 OBP and .557 slugging percentage and is a two time Pac-12 Player of the Year. He is also a finalist for the Golden Spikes award, which is awarded to the best college player each year.

Conforto doesn’t have the upside of former Met first round picks like Dominic Smith and Brandon Nimmo but he should be able to move through the minor league system quickly. He projects as a middle of the order bat who should be good enough defensively in left field. The Mets can probably hide him in left field. As long as he hits it should be a good pick.

The Mets were deciding between Conforto, college SS Trea Turner and Hartford LHP Sean Newcomb.

Conforto brings something that not many teams in baseball have, left-handed power.

Mets scouting director Paul DePodesta was thrilled that Conforto was available to the Mets at 10. “This is a pretty polished college player” DePodesta said after the pick.

Of Sandy Alderson’s four first round picks as Mets General Manager, Conforto was the first college player selected. All four have been hitters but none are all that close to the big leagues.

The Mets will likely send Conforto to the Brooklyn Cyclones should he sign his professional contract quickly.Top bracket

What do you think of the Mets first round pick?