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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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Mets 3, Mariners 2: Three Up, Three Down

Bartolo Colon and Taijuan Walker were both 19 years, 81 days apart.

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Three Up: Bartolo Colon, Eric Young, Jeurys Familia
Three Down: Chris Young, Juan Lagares, Anthony Recker

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +9
Jon Niese +7
Bartolo Colon +6
Lucas Duda +6
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Jeurys Familia +2
Zack Wheeler +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Juan Lagares +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Carlos Torres +1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Vic Black -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Ruben Tejada -7
Chris Young -9

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Mets’ deGrom for deRookie of deYear?

After Jacob deGrom wrapped up seven more sparkling innings in Tuesday’s 3-1 Mets win over the Mariners, manager Terry Collins noted that “this guy’s got numbers to match up any rookie in the league.”

Well, does he? Certainly after that performance, deGrom made a statement that his name belongs in the National League Rookie of the Year discussion. Thanks in large part to a weak NL field — Jose Abreu, George Springer, Dellin Betances and Jake Odorizzi all play in the American League — deGrom now leads all NL rookies with 1.3 fWAR and ranks third overall behind Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks. But those players both have significant flaws.

Hamilton (3.2 fWAR) derives the bulk of his value from baserunning and defense, which — and it’s a shame, but it’s true — are not always high on many voters’ lists of criteria. Hamilton’s on-base percentage sits at just .313. He is probably the NL ROY leader in the clubhouse right now, but he is hardly infallible.

Owings (1.9 fWAR) has not played since June 25, forcing him to the periphery of the discussion. Any argument Owings can make at this point, Hamilton can make a better one.

Other high-profile competitors lurk in the field, most notably Tommy La Stella (1.0 fWAR), Kolten Wong (0.9), Jesse Hahn (0.8) and Carlos Martinez (0.5), plus the Mets’ own Travis d’Arnaud and Jeurys Familia. But deGrom has outperformed them all to date, making this, right now, a two-horse race between him and Hamilton.

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Mets 3, Mariners 1: Three Up, Three Down

Mets went fishing for a win…and found one.

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Three Up: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud
Three Down: Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young, Juan Lagares

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +9
Jon Niese +7
Lucas Duda +6
Bartolo Colon +5
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Juan Lagares +2
Zack Wheeler +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Kirk Nieuwenhuis -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Vic Black -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Ruben Tejada -7
Eric Young, Jr. -7
Chris Young -8

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Mariners 5, Mets 2: Three Up, Three Down

Jon Niese said he was “rusty” in his first start back from the disabled list. Rusty in Seattle…how about it, Tom Hanks?

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Three Up: Travis d’Arnaud, David Wright, Chris Young
Three Down: Curtis Granderson, Jon Niese, Eric Campbell

Season Standings
Jacob deGrom +8
Jon Niese +7
Bartolo Colon +5
Lucas Duda +5
Dana Eveland +3
Dillon Gee +3
Juan Lagares +3
Daniel Murphy +3
Bobby Abreu +2
Ike Davis +2

Zack Wheeler +2
Matt den Dekker +1
Josh Edgin +1
Jeurys Familia +1
Curtis Granderson +1
Daisuke Matsuzaka +1
Anthony Recker +1
Carlos Torres +1
Travis d’Arnaud -1
Gonzalez Germen -1
John Lannan -1
Jenrry Mejia -1
Bobby Parnell -1
Omar Quintanilla -1
Josh Satin -1
David Wright -1
Vic Black -2
Taylor Teagarden -2
Wilmer Flores -3
Jose Valverde -4
Kyle Farnsworth -5
Scott Rice -5
Eric Young, Jr. -6
Ruben Tejada -7
Chris Young -8

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Mets Wins Above Replacement leaders through Week 16

Highest and lowest Mets WAR scores through Week 16, according to the web sites Fangraphs and Baseball Reference:

Fangraphs
1. Daniel Murphy, 2.6
2. Juan Lagares, 2.1
3. Curtis Granderson, 1.9
4. David Wright, 1.8

5. Lucas Duda, 1.7

37-(t). Three players tied
38-(t). John Lannan, -0.4
38-(t). Rafael Montero, -0.4
38-(t). Scott Rice, -0.4
41. Gonzalez Germen, -0.6

Baseball Reference
1. Lagares, 3.1
2. Wright, 2.2
3. Duda, 2.0
4. Jon Niese, 1.8
5. Murphy, 1.7

37-(t). Wilmer Flores, -0.4
37-(t). Lannan, -0.4
37-(t). Bobby Abreu, -0.4
40. Travis d’Arnaud, -0.6
41. Jose Valverde, -0.7

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