Join us for Pitch Talks, May 28

A personal plug here:

Those of you in and around New York City, I’d encourage you to buy up some tickets to Pitch Talks, May 28 at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square. There’s going to be a lot of discussion on the Mets, so come armed with questions. It’s going to be a fun event.

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Mets WAR leaders through Week 5

Time again to take a look at the Mets’ WAR winners and losers after five weeks of the season, per Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1-t. Bartolo Colon, 0.9
1-t. Matt Harvey, 0.9
2. Lucas Duda, 0.7
4. Jacob deGrom, 0.6
5. Travis d’Arnaud, 0.5

27-t. Three players tied
29-t. Sean Gilmartin, -0.1
29-t. Danny Muno, -0.1
29-t. Daniel Murphy, -0.1
32. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, -0.2

Baseball Reference
1. Harvey, 1.0
2. Colon, 0.9
3. Duda, 0.7
4-t. Five players tied

27-t. Three players tied
30. Buddy Carlyle, -0.2
31. Nieuwenhuis, -0.3
32. Murphy, -0.5

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Mets WAR leaders through Week 3

Time again to take a look at the Mets’ WAR winners and losers after three weeks of the season, per Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Lucas Duda, 0.8
2-t. Bartolo Colon, 0.6
2-t. Matt Harvey, 0.6
4-t. Eric Campbell, 0.5
4-t. Travis d’Arnaud, 0.5
4-t. Wilmer Flores, 0.5
4-t. Curtis Granderson, 0.5

24-t. Sean Gilmartin, -0.1
24-t. Jon Niese, -0.1
24-t. Ruben Tejada, -0.1
28. Daniel Murphy, -0.2

Baseball Reference
1. Duda, 0.6
2-t. Colon, 0.5
2-t. Jacob deGrom, 0.5
2-t. Harvey, 0.5

24. Daniel Muno, -0.1
25-t. Rafael Montero, -0.2
25-t. Murphy, -0.2
25-t. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, -0.2
28. Dillon Gee, -0.3

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Facebook, Twitter, the Mets and you (and me)

If you haven’t noticed, we’ve moved a lot of our blog-worthy stuff these days over to social media. While I’ll still be updating this blog from time to time, I’d encourage you all to follow me on Twitter and “like” my Facebook page, both of which are great sources for Mets information, videos and links.

mlbsocialmediaAnd, as always, you can read all of our daily Mets coverage on Mets.com.

Mets WAR leaders through Week 1

Time again to take a look at the Mets’ WAR winners and losers after one week of the season, per Fangraphs:

1. Matt Harvey, 0.3
2-t. Bartolo Colon, 0.2
2-t. Travis d’Arnaud, 0.2
2-t. Lucas Duda, 0.2
2-t. David Wright, 0.2

21-t. Wilmer Flores, -0.1
21-t. Jon Niese, -0.1
21-t. Ruben Tejada, -0.1
22-t. Juan Lagares, -0.2
22-t. Daniel Murphy, -0.2

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David Wright: Mejia “messed up and he needs to be punished”

David Wright, the son of a police officer, had some strong words to say about Jenrry Mejia’s drug suspension:

What is your reaction to Jenrry Mejia’s suspension?

“It’s obviously disappointing. Not only do you cost yourself 80 games and don’t get paid, but you’re hurting everyone in here. You’re letting down your teammates. And that probably means just as much, if not more, than hurting yourself. We’ve all discussed the drug policy at lengths. I think that the Players’ Association, the Commissioner’s Office, everybody in baseball has done their best to try to clean up this game as much as possible. And as much as it hurts, as much as we love Jenrry as a teammate, if you make a mistake, you’re going to be punished. Once Jenrry serves his punishment and comes back, we’ll welcome him and do whatever we can to make him feel like he’s part of this team. But for right now, he messed up and he needs to be punished.”

Does it surprise you?

“I’m not sure how surprised I am. There have been guys that have been suspended. There have been guys that have failed drug tests, and there are guys that continue to try to cheat the system or fail drug tests. The good news is it seems like the program is working. We’re trying to weed out the people who gain an unfair advantage. Unfortunately this time, it was a teammate.”

Will guys always try to cheat?

“It seems like it. I’m not sure what more we can do as a Players’ Association, or in baseball, to maybe educate everybody. But as much as you try to educate, there’s always going to be guys who try to beat the system. I’m not sure what Jenrry’s case was. I haven’t read if Jenrry said anything about it. But again, it’s just rules. You break rules, you get punished. You serve your punishment, you get back and we’ll try to welcome him back.”

Does Mejia owe the team an apology?

“I don’t know. I think he definitely let his teammates down. We’re disappointed in him. I’m not sure if that warrants an apology, but again, I think everybody in here would say that it’s pretty disappointing.”

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MRI shows no structural damage for Mejia

WASHINGTON — Mets closer Jenrry Mejia has avoided the worst. An MRI taken Tuesday on Mejia’s right elbow revealed inflammation but no structural damage, according to a person with knowledge of the results. The Mets have not yet commented on Mejia’s status, and therefore have not revealed whether they place to place him on the 15-day disabled list.

Mejia received a cortisone shot in New York City, where he met Tuesday with team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek. That should keep him sidelined for at least the next few days, if not longer.

Mejia, 25, first felt discomfort in his elbow while warming for a save opportunity during Monday’s Opening Day win over the Nationals. In Mejia’s absence, Buddy Carlyle earned his first career save, though manager Terry Collins said that Jeurys Familia would be the leading candidate to close if Mejia is unavailable.

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Who should be the Mets’ fifth starter?

When Zack Wheeler tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, it seemed clear at the time that Dillon Gee would step back into the rotation, where he has experienced modest success over the past five seasons.

Not so fast, say some others within the organization, who are curious to see what Rafael Montero can do. What about you? Who should be the Mets’ fifth starter?

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Fred Wilpon and “the best meeting I’ve ever been a part of”

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Over the past half-decade, Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon has made himself exceedingly scarce in public settings. And while Wilpon continues to avoid interview requests on a regular basis, he has become a more visible presence at Mets camp, frequently meeting with manager Terry Collins before and after games.

wilpon_fred720_wr9f5xxy_pe8vj3pcThat manifested itself in a different way early Monday morning, when Wilpon gathered everyone in big league camp for his first closed-door meeting with players in years. One player described the meeting as exceedingly positive and “very, very genuine,” saying Wilpon expressed to the players how badly he wants to win.

“Fred’s always been upbeat,” third baseman David Wright said. “I’d say that the vast majority of conversations that I’ve ever had with Mr. Wilpon have been very upbeat, so nothing different.”

Wilpon, who has not spoken on record in over two years, declined comment on the meeting, brushing past a group of media members with his bodyguard.

Players, however, did not describe Wilpon as angry or even upset, despite six straight losing seasons. To the contrary, they portrayed the 78-year-old owner as cheerful and optimistic; one player went as far as to call Monday’s gathering “the best meeting I’ve ever been a part of.”

“I’d like to think that whenever anybody has the floor, that it gets everybody’s attention,” Wright said. “When you have very few meetings, regardless of what the meetings are about, they mean a little bit more. When you start having meetings for the sake of having meetings, sometimes the message doesn’t quite come through. But when you have limited meetings about baseball, like we have, when somebody speaks, the message I think comes through a little clearer.”

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Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster, March 28

With so many cuts and injuries over the past two weeks, let’s give this another go:

metsbagLineup:
CF Juan Lagares
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
RF Michael Cuddyer
LF Curtis Granderson
C  Travis d’Arnaud

SS Wilmer Flores
2B Matt Reynolds

In light of the Mets’ comments yesterday regarding Daniel Murphy, I’m going to go ahead and assume Murphy will miss the season’s first five games. That opens the door for Danny Muno to make the roster, but Reynolds seems to be the choice here given his torrid spring.

Bench:
C Anthony Recker
OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
OF John Mayberry, Jr.

INF Ruben Tejada
INF Eric Campbell

No changes here. Though the Mets continue to talk about Muno as an option, theoretically at the expense of Campbell, I have a hard time envisioning that actually happening. Campbell, for the Mets, is a known asset.

Rotation:
RHP Bartolo Colon
RHP Jacob deGrom
RHP Matt Harvey
LHP Jon Niese

RHP Dillon Gee

Again, while the Mets have talked about using Rafael Montero here, they’ve also spoken at length about what Gee means to the club. Gee’s job may not be safe for long, but right now it is.

Bullpen:
RHP Jenrry Mejia (CL)
RHP Jeurys Familia

RHP Vic Black
RHP Carlos Torres
RHP Rafael Montero
RHP Buddy Carlyle
LHP Sean Gilmartin

The lefty competition is still wide open, though Gilmartin seems to have reestablished himself as the favorite with a few successful outings in a row. The biggest question mark here is Black, who climbed back on a mound Saturday for the first time in two weeks. Black’s status remains iffy for Opening Day, making it conceivable the Mets could add a second lefty — Scott Rice or Dario Alvarez — to the mix, or perhaps even prospect Zach Thornton, who’s had a nice spring.

Disabled list:
2B Daniel Murphy, RHP Bobby Parnell, RHP Zack Wheeler, LHP Josh Edgin.

Still in camp:
C Johnny Monell*, INF Danny Muno*, OF Matt den Dekker, OF Cesar Puello, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Zach Thornton*, LHP Dario Alvarez, RHP Scott Rice*.

*Denotes non-roster invitee

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