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2014 Player Projections: David Wright

2014 Player Projections: David Wright

wrightIf I had to pick one position player from the National League East to anchor a lineup for a year, David Wrightmay just be my pick. While on the field, the 31 year-old had a monster 2013 season, one that was cut short by a pesky hamstring injury. Wright fell short of 500 plate appearances for only the second time in his career, but still managed to hit 18 home runs and steal 17 bases, as well as…

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Mar 2

In Defense of David Wright

In Defense of David Wright

(Photo: Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports)

There has been much debate among Mets fans over David Wright. How will he decline, his contract, and most importantly, how good he still is. They have all been controversial issues.

For many, the home run totals are enough to say Wright is getting worse. In fact, the slight decline in power has been almost the sole reason why Wright is considered by some to…

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Changes, Changes: My Offseason Plan For The New York MetsIf I were Sandy Alderson…
The Mets have a few glaring needs going into this offseason. Despite the…View Post

Changes, Changes: My Offseason Plan For The New York Mets

If I were Sandy Alderson…

The Mets have a few glaring needs going into this offseason. Despite the…

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Aug 6
Flores Gets The Call, But Where Will He Play Long-Term?
In case you missed the news, the Mets today called up their second-best hitting prospect Wilmer…View Post

Flores Gets The Call, But Where Will He Play Long-Term?

In case you missed the news, the Mets today called up their second-best hitting prospect Wilmer…

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Aug 3
David Wright Hits DL With Strained HamstringThe Mets have officially placed David Wrighton the 15-day disabled list with a strained right…View Post

David Wright Hits DL With Strained Hamstring

The Mets have officially placed David Wrighton the 15-day disabled list with a strained right…

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David Wright And The Hall Of FameWe compare Wright against Sandberg, Dawson, and Jones to determine whether David Wright is on track…View Post

David Wright And The Hall Of Fame

We compare Wright against Sandberg, Dawson, and Jones to determine whether David Wright is on track…

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Puma: Wright ‘Optimistic’ He Will Stay A Met

As the offseason gets closer and closer, speculation about which uniform David Wright will be wearing for the 2014 (or even 2013) season heat up. Wright won’t negotiate with the Mets in-season, and has made that very clear publicly. Despite this, however, David told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he is very “optimistic” that a deal with him and the Mets will get done:

“Coming up through the system, I have a tremendous amount of loyalty to this organization,” Wright said. “I can’t tell you what the future holds, but I’m hoping — optimistic — that something will get done.”

David also expressed that money will not be the big issue:

“The money issue for me, I don’t think that will be the deciding factor,” said Wright, who is batting .325 with 16 homers and 75 RBIs and .416 on-base percentage in the final guaranteed season of his six-year contract worth $55 million.

More important, he says, is a chance to win the World Series.

“You want to be able to win, and I’ve only experienced a little bit of that here,” Wright said. “In a perfect world, we get this thing turned around and going in the right direction and ultimately I get to experience the bad, the ugly and the good here, which includes winning.”

Hopefully, the money won’t be an issue. From the outside, we are all still unsure about the financial situation the Mets are currently in. The only hint to how much they have is the amount Sandy Alderson spends this offseason. They might still be broke, so Wright giving them a possible discount may be the only way he could return to the Mets.

David leaving would be much harder to swallow than Jose Reyes signing with the Marlins. David has been the undisputed leader of this team since he was young, and is now a great example of a team-first guy, and one that young players can look up to. On top of that, he has been one of the best players in baseball this season.

David Wright is a kind of player that every franchise wants to have. Let’s just hope the Mets can keep him.

Game 96: Extra Innings, Extra Painful…

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Final Score: Nationals 8, Mets 2

Player Of The Game: Chris Young- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 106 pitches (64 strikes)

Goat Of The Game: Pedro Beato- 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, BB

Notes:

  • Chris Young pitched really, really well. Young allowed two runs in seven innings, allowing three hits in the first inning and then settling down after that.
  • Ike Davis and David Wright both hit their 15th home runs of the year.
  • For the second straight night, the Mets bullpen collapsed in extra innings. Last night it was Ramon Ramirez. Tonight it was Pedro  Beato. Beato was charged with five runs on four hits in just a third of an inning.
  • The Mets have now lost ten of their last 11 games…

Series Preview: Mets Head Home, Try To Stay Alive In Playoff Hunt Against Dodgers

The Mets begin another critical series tonight against the Dodgers at 7:10.

The Mets and Dodgers are both currently in the hunt for the second Wild Card spot, with the Dodgers currently ahead of the Mets by 1.5 games. The Mets need to take this series to not only keep up with the Braves, but also distance themselves with some of the other Wild Card contenders. There are currently five other teams withing seven games of the last playoff spot.

The Dodgers that we will see this weekend is a much different team than we saw before the All-Star break, when the Mets took three of four games in Los Angeles. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, Kemp was having a ridiculous April and May before going down with a hamstring problem, which has since flared up again. Ethier was also having a nice season, driving in 59 runs through 81 games. With both of these guys back, the Dodger lineup immediately goes from well below average, to pretty decent.

What’s kept the Dodgers in contention despite the absence of their two best hitters has been their pitching. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Capuano have continued their fantastic seasons. Capuano, who the Mets decided not to sign this past offseason, has a 2.75 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 118 innings pitched. The team’s 3.34 starter’s ERA is second in baseball.

The Dodger bullpen has also played a big role in keeping this team alive. The Dodger bullpen has a 3.13 ERA. Kenley Jansen has continued his dominance this season. He has a 2.04 ERA to go along with 16 saves this season. He also has 13.4 strikeouts per nine this year.

Hopefully the Mets can get on a bit of a roll here and make everyone forget the si-game losing streak.

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1- Tonight 7:10

Johan Santana (6-6, 3.59 ERA) vs. Aaron Harang (6-5, 3.53 ERA)

Game 2- Saturday 1:10

Miguel Batista (1-2, 4.33 ERA) vs. Chris Capuano (9-5, 2.75 ERA)

Game 3- Sunday 1:10

Jonathon Niese (7-4, 3.58 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.33 ERA)

Notes:

  • In 43 appearances this season, Kenley Jansen has allowed more than one hit only four times.
  • Nathan Eovaldi has struggled of late. The 22 yea-old has a 7.17 ERA over his last four starts, including a start against the Dodgers on June 25 in which he gave up eight runs on ten hits. Eovaldi was ranked before the season as the 96th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.
  • David Wright has hit five homers this month and driven in 15 runs in just 13 games. He is hitting .340 with a .407 on-base percentage this month.
  • Ruben Tejada has also had a great month, hitting .345. He has seven multi-hit games this month.

Morning Mets Links: July 20, 2012

Here are this morning’s Mets links:

  • Yesterday afternoon, the Mets salvaged the third game in Washington, in part thanks to a fantastic two home run game from David Wright en route to a 9-5 victory. R.A. Dickey also recorded his 13th win of the season. (ESPN New York)
  • Mike Baxter is slowly progressing in his rehab. He has reportedly still not thrown yet, and only has a maximum of 16 days left on his rehab assignment. (@AdamRubinESPN)
  • Just when we thought the whole Matt Harvey vs. Miguel Batista thing was over, A source tells Mike Puma of the New York Post that if Batista is awful on Saturday, the Mets may turn to Harvey in the near future. (New York Post)
  • The Mets are going to go after the top tier relievers and only guys “who can actually have an impact.” (Star-Ledger)
  • Despite the Mets’ interest in the top tier of available relief pitchers, Sandy Alderson is set on not overpaying. He will not get desparate (like the Giants did in last year’s Carlos Beltran trade) and trade away top prospects for bullpen help. (ESPN New York)
  • Joe Janish at Mets Today loooks at what is separating Bobby Parnell from being a decent closer. (Mets Today)
  • There may be another bullpen option in Triple-A that we have been iignoring for quite some time. Fernando Cabrera is having a stellar season for Buffalo. Ed Ryan at Mets Fever makes the case for Cabrera. (Mets Fever)
  • The Mets take on the Dodgers tonight at Citi Field, when Aaron Harang faces off against Johan Santana. First pitch is 7:10. (MLB.com- Preview)

Morning Links: 7.11.12

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Jul 2

Morning News: ASG Rosters Released, Alderson Surprised, Demotion Could Be Coming For Familia

Here is this morning’s Mets news:

Morning News: Mets Will Be In On Reliever Talks, Mejia Back To Rotation, Wright Still On Top In ASG Voting

Mets Adding Reliever?

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports went on WFAN yesterday and said he expects the Mets to trade for a reliever.

However, this weekend Buster Olney said the Mets won’t dive into the trade market until the All-Star break.

Mejia To Rotation Again

According to Adam Rubin, the Mets are planning on moving Jenrry Mejia back to the starting rotation in Buffalo, even though they think his long-term future is in the bullpen.

Mejia was moved to the bullpen earlier this month, but has allowed seven runs in four innings as a relief pitcher.

To read my take on the original move to the bullpen, click here.

Wright Leads NL Third Basemen In ASG Votes

David Wright leads NL third baseman in All-Star votes. He is over 400,000 votes ahead of Pablo Sandovol, who is in second.

To view the rest of the results so far, click here.

Morning News: Mets Sweep O’s, Injury News, Minor League Moves

Every morning, we’ll give you the top three stories from Mets-land, as well news and notes from around Major League Baseball. 

The Mets finished off their sweep of the Orioles last night by a score of 4-3. Dillon Gee got the start and tossed 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He also struck out nine and walked two.

David Wright had a big day at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He raised his batting average to .358. Scott Hairston was the only other Met to have multiple hits. He had two doubles and an RBI.

By the way, Frank Francisco almost blew it, allowing a run in the ninth. Thankfully, he made it out alive and so did the Mets.

With the win, the Mets are still three games behind the Nationals, who beat the Rays last night.

There was plenty of injury news yesterday. Here are the “highlights”:

The Mets made a flurry of minor league moves yesterday. St. Lucie third baseman Wilmer Flores was part of a four-player group who were promoted to Double-A Binghamton yesterday. Wilfredo Tovar, Francisco Pena, and pitcher Cory Mazzoni also got the call to Bingo.

Flores, who was recently named MVP of last Saturday’s 51st annual Florida State League All-Star game, is hitting .289 on the season with 10 home runs and 42 RBI.

To replace these four players on the roster, the Mets moved up Travis Taijeron, T.J. Rivera, Rafael Montero, and Jeff Walters from Savannah to Port St. Lucie.

Expect the Mets to also move players up from Brooklyn to Savannah later today.

In other baseball news- It’s official. Brandon Beachy will need Tommy John surgery. The right-hander saw Dr. James Andrews this week to get a second opinion. Beachy was 5-5 this season with a 2.00 ERA in 13 starts.

Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will have groin surgery today, and will be out indefinitely. Tulowitzki hurt his groin on May 30, and had to pull himself from a rehab stint last week because of discomfort. He is hitting .278 this season with eight home runs and 27 RBI.

Roy Oswalt will make his debut for the Rangers on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. Oswalt, who hasn’t pitched this season, signed a one-year deal with the Rangers this spring.

 

Morning News: Mets Shut Out O’s Again, Dickey And Short Rest, All-Star Update

Every morning, we’ll give you the top three stories from Mets-land yesterday, as well news and notes from around Major League Baseball. 

Johan Santana bounced back from two rough starts against the Yankees and the Rays last night, pitching six shutout innings in a 5-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Mets win. Johan threw 63 of his 101 pitches on the night for strikes, and walked only two batters. He also gave up just four hits. With the win, Santana improves to 5-3.

On offense, Lucas Duda and Jordanny Valdespin both had big nights. Duda hit his 11th home run of the year, a two-run shot, in the sixth off Tommy Hunter. Valdespin, who got the start in left field, had a two-RBI single off Dana Eveland in the seventh.

The Mets are now just three games back of the Nationals for the NL East lead.

According to pre-game reports from ESPNNewYork.com, Terry Collins had contemplated, and even went as far as planning out a scenario in which R.A. Dickey would pitch every fourth day, as opposed to every fifth. Knuckleball pitchers don’t have the same wear and tear on their arms that conventional pitchers do, and with Dickey pitching so well, it was a seriously considered idea. However, Collins decided to not go through with it… for now.

The newest All-Star voting results were released yesterday, with David Wright still atop the National League third baseman leaderboard. Wright, who has over 1,977,000 votes, is about 350,000 votes in front of Pablo Sandoval, who is the second third baseman on the list.

Wright is currently hitting .352 on the season with a .452 on-base percentage.

In other baseball news, Cole Hamels pitched eight innings of two-run ball last night against Colorado to give the last-place Phillies a much-needed 7-2 victory.

The Phillies also got some bad news yesterday, as Freddy Galvis learned he has been suspended 50 games for P.E.D. use. Galvis, who is currently on the disabled list with a back injury, is hitting .226 this year.

Brandon Beachy, who recently learned that he has a partially-torn ligament in his throwing elbow, is waiting on whether he needs Tommy John Surgery.