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Jul 4

Mets Acquire LHP Blake Taylor From Pirates To Complete Ike Davis Trade

Mets Acquire LHP Blake Taylor From Pirates To Complete Ike Davis Trade

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The Mets have finally completed the Ike Davis trade, acquiring left-handed pitching prospect Blake Taylor from the Pirates.

Taylor, 18, was selected by the Pirates in the second round (51st overall) last year, signing exactly a year from today. Draft picks cannot be traded until a year after they sign, meaning Taylor had to stay with the Pirates until today. The Mets also acquired right-handed…

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Nelson Cruz Is Not The Answer For The MetsEven after last week’s signing of Chris Young, the Met outfield is still in dire circumstances.…View Post

Nelson Cruz Is Not The Answer For The Mets

Even after last week’s signing of Chris Young, the Met outfield is still in dire circumstances.…

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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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Who’s Hot Ike Davis, 1B (LAS): Davis is proving that he belongs back in the big leagues.…View Post

Who’s Hot Ike Davis, 1B (LAS): Davis is proving that he belongs back in the big leagues.…

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Minor League Notebook: Davis Hitting Again, deGrom Getting Closer, Syndergaard DominatesNoah Syndergaard made his Double-A debut today.
We are inching closer and closer to the All-Star…View Post

Minor League Notebook: Davis Hitting Again, deGrom Getting Closer, Syndergaard Dominates

Noah Syndergaard made his Double-A debut today.

We are inching closer and closer to the All-Star…

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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…

Morning News: Mets Searching For Relief Help, Team Signs SS Prospect, Ike Fined

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Morning News: Dickey Dominates, Tejada Plays In Minor League Game, Bay Has Collins Worried

The Mets beat the Orioles by a score of 5-0 last night. R.A. Dickey dominated once again, throwing his second straight one-hitter. He has thrown three complete games this month, two of them shutouts. He struck out a career-high 13 batters on the night, his sixth straight start with eight or more strikeouts. Dickey is slowly climbing towards the top of baseball’s strikeout leaderboard.  He is now 11-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 103 K’s.

Ike Davis also came up big last night, hitting his first career grand slam in the sixth inning off Orioles starer Jake Arrieta. Arrieta pitched seven innings, and allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four. He now has a league-leading nine losses on the year.

Jordanny Valdespin also collected two hits on the night.

The Mets are now four games behind Washington for the NL East lead.

Ruben Tejada began another rehab stint last night, this time with Port St. Lucie. Tejada played all nine innings at shortstop, and went 1-for-5 at the plate with a double and a run scored. He also struck out once.

The Mets will likely take it slow with Tejada, who has suffered multiple setbacks since injuring his right quad in early May. Before getting hurt, he was hitting .305 in 27 games.

Jason Bay met with doctors yesterday and will have a follow-up appointment today. Bay crashed into the Citi Field wall on Friday and suffered a concussion.

According to the Daily News, Bay has Terry Collins worried. It is also still unclear how much time Bay will miss. He missed 63 games in 2010 with a concussion he suffered crashing into the wall at Dodger Stadium.

In other baseball news, Braves ace Brandon Beachy has a torn ligament in his throwing arm and may miss the remainder of the season. He was pulled early from his last start and quickly placed on the DL. Beachy is 5-5 with a 2.00 ERA in 2012.

Giants ace Matt Cain, probably the only one even close to Dickey in the Cy Young Award race, pitched last night, getting the win against the Angels. He tossed five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He improved to 9-2 with the win.

Lastly, the jury in the Roger Clemens perjury case found him not guilty on all charges.

It May be Time to Send Ike Davis to Triple-A

I’ve been wrestling with this idea in my head for a while now. The idea of sending Ike Davis down to Triple-A Buffalo to find his swing.

I have been very hesitant to decide on anything up until this point, but now I think it’s tim the Mets made the move.

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Ike is struggling, and I mean really struggling, hitting .174 for the year, including .147 in 34 at-bats in May so far. He’s never slumped like this before. He had huge expectations coming into this season, with many people talking about 30-40 home runs for him, but now that seems really unlikely and a huge stretch. At this point, I’d be perfectly happy with him hitting .260 with 20 homers. But Davis can’t do that until he fixes his swing.

Ike has to find what made him so successful in the five weeks he spent healthy last year. He went on a tear to start the season, hitting seven homers while driving in 25 and hitting .302 in 36 games before going down with a season-ending injury. What has slowed him down this season, in my mind, has been his plate discipline. He is swinging at every outside curveball thrown to him. His walk rate is down to almost half of what it used to be. He just can’t seem to find it at the plate.

A similar thing happened to Cliff Lee in 2007 with the Indians. Of course, Lee is a pitcher, so it is a little different, but it still relates. In 2007, Lee started the year 5-8 with a 6.38 ERA. He was very inconsistent with his mechanics and was sent down to the minors to refine his mechanics. Now, this wasn’t some rookie being sent down. This was an established pitcher, who had won 18 games two years prior, but he just could not stop walking people. After ten starts in the minors, Lee was recalled and resumed his role as a starting pitcher in 2008. That year, he went 22-3 with a 2.54 ERA, winning the Cy Young Award. Lee hasn’t looked back since. He is 65-34 since then and has established himself as one of the best pitchers in the game today. This just shows that it can work, even with players who have already had success on the big league level.

This is definitely a move Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson should at least consider. Will it work for Ike? I don’t know. Every player would handle this type of situation differently. Some would be angry, while others would be humbled and use the opportunity to their advantage. The option should at least be explored and discussed. Who knows? Maybe a minor league stint would make Davis the premier slugger that he has the potential to be.

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May 7

Series Preview: Banged-Up Mets Head to Philly

Tonight, the Mets begin a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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The Mets play the Phillies, who, up until this point, have been unable to get on any kind of a roll. Many thought before the season that due to the injuries to Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, as well as the age of Jimmy Rollins, their offense would struggle but no one thought it would be this bad. The Phils are in the bottom third in baseball in runs scored, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Catcher Carlos Ruiz has been their best hitter, which is a little odd considering he is a career number seven or eight hitter.

The decent pitching the Phillies have has been the only thing keeping them alive. Despite Cliff Lee (eho will return on Wednesday) hitting the DL, the Phillies’ staff is in the top ten in baseball in quality starts, WHIP, and ERA. Cole Hamels has been stellar, but luckily will not face the Mets in this series.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Game 1- Tonight 7:05

Jon Niese- Niese finally had a bad start in his last outing in Houston. He went only three innings, but that was due to a desparation pinch-hitting move that Terry Collins made in the fourth inning. Niese allowed five earned on six hits in the start.

Roy Halladay- At 35 years old, Halladay is still going strong this season. He is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.110 WHIP. He is averaging about seven innings per outing this year.

Game 2- Tuesday 7:05

Miguel Batista- Here we go with Miguel Batista. The 41 year-old has been awful this year, but somehow got the nod from Terry Collins to join the rotation in place of Chris Schwinden. Batista is 0-1 with a 6.92 ERA this year.

Joe Blanton- You would think that you would have an easy go of it against a team’s fifth starter. That’s not the case with Blanton. He threw a shutout against the Braves in his last start, and has been looking good on the mound thus far in 2012.

Game 3- Wednesday 7:05

Dillon Gee- Gee pitched well on Friday against the D-Backs, tossing six innings of two-run ball. He also walked three and struck out six.

Cliff Lee- Lee, who has been suffering from a strained left oblique, will come off the DL on Wednesday to face the Mets in his first start since April 19. In three starts this year, Lee is 0-1 with a 1.96 ERA.

More notes

Ruben Tejada left yesterday’s game with a strained right quad. Tejada hit the DL today and will be replaced on the roster by Jordanny Valdespin.

— Even with Valdespin in the big leagues, we will probably not see much of him. Terry Colins has expressed his liking for Justin Turner. Turner, not Valdespin, will likely get the majority of the playing time at shortstop. I’m not the biggest fan of having Valdespin ride the bench in the majors. I’d much rather have him getting playing time in Buffalo, developing. For those of you wondering, the rule that states a player cannot be recalled until ten days after they were sent down does not apply if they are replacing an injured player.

Ike Davis is hitless in his last four games, going 0-11, which brings his batting average down to .168. Ike has shown signs of coming back to life, only to return to struggling.

Daniel Murphy, on the other hand, had a great series against Arizona. Murphy was 7-12 in the three games, and had two RBI. It’s great to see that maybe Murphy’s fantastic run at the plate last year may not have been a fluke. Terry Collins has moved him up in the lineup in place of Ike Davis.

—Tonight’s and Wednesday’s pitching matchups should be pretty interesting to watch. Both Niese and Gee have pitched well this season. Their ERA’s don’t quite say that, but each of them had one bad outing that basically ruined their ERAs. Other than that, they have pitched well this season. Of course, they will both be going up against two of Philly’s aces, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

—Jonathon Paplebon has been great so far for the Phillies, saving nine games and pitching to a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings pitched. Just something to look out for if any of these games are close.

Post-Game: Cardinals 6 Mets 6

The Mets and Cardinals tied today in ten innings down in Florida.

THE GOOD: Lucas Duda hit an absolute bomb in the bottom of the fourth inning to dead center field, over the 408 feet sign. If a barrier hadn’t been there to block the shot, it would’ve gone another 20 feet. It was a very impressive display of power for the up-and-coming slugger.

THE BAD: Jason Bay continued his spring struggles today, going 0-4 with a strikeout. Bay has vowed to not make major changes to his swing this spring, no matter how badly he struggles. Bay is hitting .240 this spring.

THE STARTERS:

Mike Pelfrey- 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 K

Pelfrey had a good first two innings, but was rocky after that, giving up four in the third after loading the bases a couple of times, and gave up another run in the fifth inning. 59 of his 79 pitches were strikes. Today’s start lowered his spring ERA to 11.49.

Lance Lynn- 4.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, K

THE GAME BALL: Ike Davis- 2-3, Three-run home run, BB

Today’s game ball goes to Ike Davis, who had two hit in three at-bats, as well as a walk. Davis hit a three-run bomb to left center in the first. The home run was Davis’ first of the spring.

THE OTHER NOTES:

  • Frank Francisco blew save in the ninth inning. At 6-5, Francisco came in and allowed a run to make the score 6-6, which ended up being the final score.
  • Lucas Duda went 2-4 with a solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • Bobby Parnell looked good as he tossed a scoreless seventh inning.
  • Both the Mets and Cardinals both committed three errors.

THE OPINION:

Overall, the Mets looked good as a team. today. Pelfrey wasn’t good… again, but we’ve all come to expect that from Pelfrey, especially in the spring. Ike Davis seems to be getting into regular season form now. He should have a big season. There is no reason why he shouldn’t. Lucas Duda, who also should have a big year, had a nice game today, too.

Ike hits a 3-run HR!

metsingaround:

His first homerun of the Spring.

Mets up 3-0 in the 1st!!!

It’s about time

Morning News and Notes for 2/23

Here is some news from regarding the Mets organization

Here are some interesting notes from around the web:

Lastly, here is some general baseball news that you may have missed:

Aug 5

Ike Davis out for September, may miss the rest of 2011