July 2014

Why the Mets stood pat at the Trade Deadline

I’ll let Sandy Alderson dictate:

“There was some activity. Nothing came to fruition. There were some proposals that we made that were not acceptable and some made to us that we didn’t feel were reasonable. And so, while we were active in conversations, although not super active, we just didn’t make any deals. I think going in we didn’t intend to be sellers and we didn’t intend to be buyers necessarily. We were looking at the market and what it would dictate. We set a price on some of our players. And, under the circumstances, they weren’t met. So be it. We’re happy with the team that we have. We’re happy we retained all of our players. And we’re looking forward to the last 60 or so games of the season.

“The question of improving the club is certainly a legitimate one. In order to potentially improve the club some significant way, as opposed to some incremental way, we would have had to have been prepared to deal some of our young pitching. At this particular stage, we’re not prepared to do that, at least in the deals that were presented or were available to us. I actually think that if we’re going to trade some of our young prospects, that we’re probably better off doing that in the offseason. We have a known commodity in those prospects, I think a recognizable group of prospect assets in the game. In some way, we don’t want to limit ourselves to the options that are available now, as opposed to what we think may be available in the offseason. That leaves you with some sort of an incremental improvement. We just didn’t see that out there. So we were alert to the possibility, but we didn’t feel the opportunity presented itself.”

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Mets 11, Phillies 2: Three Up, Three Down

Even Jeurys Familia got a hit.

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Three Up: Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada
Three Down: Dana Eveland, David Wright, Carlos Torres

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +10
Bartolo Colon +7
Jon Niese +6
Daniel Murphy +5
Dana Eveland +3
Zack Wheeler +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Eric Campbell +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Carlos Torres -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
David Wright -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9

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Phillies 6, Mets 0: Three Up, Three Down

Cole Hamels happened.

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Three Up: Buddy Carlyle, Eric Campbell, Curtis Granderson
Three Down: Josh Edgin, Daniel Murphy, Travis d’Arnaud

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +9
Bartolo Colon +7
Jon Niese +6
Dana Eveland +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Zack Wheeler +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Eric Campbell +1
Buddy Carlyle +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -10

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Mets 7, Phillies 1: Three Up, Three Down

Juggernaut.

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Three Up: Bartolo Colon, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: David Wright, Ruben Tejada, Bobby Abreu

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +9
Bartolo Colon +7
Jon Niese +6
Daniel Murphy +5
Dana Eveland +4
Zack Wheeler +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Travis d’Arnaud +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
David Wright -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -10

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Torre, Glavine highlight Mets-colored Hall of Fame Induction

Former Mets manager Joe Torre and pitcher Tom Glavine on Sunday highlighted a somewhat Mets-themed Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Though the Mets were not quite as well-represented as the Braves, they still did well for themselves.

Check out Marty Noble’s profile of Glavine here, and Barry Bloom’s story on Torre here.

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Pink and black and Mets all over

Hat tip to the sports graphic design blog Radom Thoughts for this one: It seems the Mets thought for a hot second about making their colors pink and black as opposed to the blue and orange you know and love today. The reason? Mets co-founder Joan Payson already used the colors for a horse stable that she owned.

Pink_Black_MetsTurns out all those fans complaining about the green seats at Citi Field were wrong in their desire for blue. Citi would have been prettier in pink.

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Alderson: “It’s got to be the right time for the right player under the right circumstances”

General manager Sandy Alderson spoke in depth today about Thursday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline, calling it unlikely that his Mets swing a deal between then and now. The highlights:

alderson2What will happen before Thursday afternoon?
“It’s very difficult to say. Had I to make a guess, I would say nothing will happen. But you never know what’s going to transpire in the next three days or so. Clubs that may be having conversations elsewhere circle back based on what they think their options might be. So I’d say we have an opportunity to do a thing or two, but we’re not inclined to at this point. It’s speculation, but I wouldn’t bet on something happening before the deadline.”

How do you assess the Deadline in context of the club’s recent play?
“We were 8-2 at home, and turned around at least for the moment the perception that we don’t play well at home. We were 1-3 on that road trip and finished 4-2, so not totally happy with 5-5 coming back so we’re still right there, but we need to start making up ground on .500. If we can do that, then we can start thinking about some of the other teams in our division and the league. We were challenged offensively on that trip, but by and large we pitched pretty well and that was encouraging. Lucas Duda was outstanding on that trip. You know, when I say it’s unlikely that we’ll do anything, we’re not anxious to be sellers. We’re cautious about being buyers. But we’ll see.”

You’re not sitting on any potential deal right now?
“It’s not clear that there’s something out there, but whatever may be out there may be prohibitive in terms of — I don’t want to say cost, because that suggest a financial component, but in any deal the cost is financial and prospects. Both currencies are important, and right now we like some of the players we have in our system.”

In general, have you been talking about buying or selling?
“Anybody who’s offering us a potential upgrade on our current roster is looking at our young pitching. And from the standpoint of those interested in our veteran players, we’re offering prospects. We’re in that position where we really don’t want to give up prospects, but we’re not anxious to trade for guys that can’t help us nearer-term. That may lead us to more of a status quo situation.”

At some point, would you be willing to splurge prospects on a blockbuster trade?
“That’s a possibility. In fact, to me that sounds more desirable than inching your way there, giving up prospects in more cautious transactions. So I wouldn’t rule that out. But it’s got to be the right time for the right player under the right circumstances.”

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Three Up, Three Down: Cheesehead edition

Ten games on the road and a 5-5 record.

Thursday: Brewers 9, Mets 1
Three Up:
Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Dana Eveland
Three Down: Dillon Gee, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Curtis Granderson

Friday: Mets 3, Brewers 2
Three Up:
Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia
Three Down: Bobby Abreu, Ruben Tejada, Curtis Granderson

Saturday: Brewers 5, Mets 2
Three Up:
Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Daniel Murphy
Three Down: Jon Niese, Carlos Torres, Wilmer Flores

Sunday: Mets 2, Brewers 0
Three Up:
Jacob deGrom, Vic Black, Lucas Duda
Three Down: Juan Lagares, Ruben Tejada, Anthony Recker

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +10
Lucas Duda +9
Bartolo Colon +6
Jon Niese +6
Dana Eveland +4
Daniel Murphy +4
Zack Wheeler +3
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Dillon Gee +2
Bobby Abreu +1
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Vic Black -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Anthony Recker -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Chris Young -8
Ruben Tejada -9

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Jenrry Mejia’s closer celebration, immortalized in GIF

What should we call it?

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Duda and other Mets “Muscle”-ing up

In case you missed it, I wrote a brief piece today looking back on the offseason work that Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and other Mets players did at personal trainer Mike Barwis’ Michigan facility.

Barwis is now starring in his own reality television show, “American Muscle,” which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery. Here’s a clip from the show featuring Mets prospect Dominic Smith:

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