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What Can The Mets Expect With David Peterson?

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The Mets have been teetering back and forth whether top prospect David Peterson would make his Major League debut tonight against the Boston Red Sox. The Mets are a bit short handed in the rotation with the recent loss of Marcus Stroman’s calf injury. The three options the Mets have for tonight’s game are Peterson, right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, and the option of having a bullpen game. There is no better upside than letting the 24-year old hulking left hander make his Major League debut tonight. Continue reading

5 Bold Predictions For The 2020 Mets Season

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With Opening Day for the Mets less than a mere 48 hours away my excitement, I’m sure like most of you, is through the roof! While this season is going to look very different in multiple ways from previous seasons, at the end of the day it’s still the game we love and we are happy to have back. With that being said, here are five  bold predictions I’m forecasting for the Mets 2020 abbreviated season. Continue reading

Predicting The Mets 30-Man Roster

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BASEBALL IS BACK! While it may have taken a painfully long three months to get to this point, the excitement of America’s pastime returning is in full bloom. With Spring Training 2.0 slated to begin July 1st, and the 60 game regular season beginning on July 23-24, I thought it would be a great time to predict the Mets 30-man Opening Day roster, and potential options for their taxi squad.

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Mets Killers: 2020 Edition

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With the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season postponed until mid-to-late May at the earliest, I thought it’d be an interesting time to take a dive into some of the active Met killers. This list includes some active players that the Mets may be facing in the batter’s box at some point this season, with their career numbers against the Mets. While no regular season schedule is set in stone yet, here are some of the Mets top enemies that will be digging in to the batter’s box based on the regular season schedule that is currently out. Continue reading

Yoelkis Cespedes Is The Jarred Kelenic Band-Aid.

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The younger half-brother of Yoenis Cespedes is almost ready to make his U.S. debut with an upcoming skills showcase for Major League clubs in both Florida and Arizona sometime in March. Yoelkis Cespedes has been described as a “five tool outfielder with above-average tools across the board,” by MLB.com. There is intrigue by both MLB executives, scouts, and fans to see the younger Cespedes’ display the skills that have had him the talk of the international market since he defected from the island last summer. If the Mets ever needed somebody to add to their organization to remove the hurt of losing another young and projectible five-tool outfielder, then look no further. Continue reading

Is Rick Porcello The Missing Piece?

 

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For the most part over the past couple of seasons, the Mets have struggled to get consistent results from the 5th spot in their starting rotation. With the likes of Jason Vargas, Chris Flexen, Wilmer Font, Corey Oswalt, among others, the back end of the Mets rotation has yielded disapointing results. Enter Rick Porcello, who not only grew up a Mets fan, but who looks to slide into the 5th spot of the Mets starting rotation. Continue reading

The Mets Need Edwin Diaz To Rebound In 2020.

 

MLB: New York Mets at Pittsburgh Pirates

The Mets are projected by PECOTA as the National League Eastern Division Champs by Baseball Prospectus in their recent release of their 2020 MLB predictions. PECOTA has the Mets finishing with an 88-74 record, which is also listed as the second best record in the National League, only behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. In what arguably will be the toughest division in baseball, there is a sense of optimism surrounding this team after the way the Mets had finished last season. Continue reading

Lineups & Game Notes: Braves vs. Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Atlanta Braves (6-19):

1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) LF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
5. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
6. Reid Brignac (L) 3B
7. Erick Aybar (S) SS
8. Matt Wisler (R) P
9. Mallex Smith (L) CF

SP: Matt Wisler RHP (0-2, 4.26 ERA)

New York Mets (16-8):

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

SP: Matt Harvey RHP (2-3, 4.76 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

VS. ATLANTA: The Mets are 4-0 vs. Atlanta this year and 9-2 vs. the Braves in their last 11 match-ups dating to September 10, 2015, including 2-2 at Citi Field.

STREAKING METS: The Mets are 12-2 in their last 14 games and have won 14 of their last 17 contests…New York has won five straight series (Giants, Reds, Braves, Phillies and Indians)… The last time New York won six straight series was August 18-September 6, 2006.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Matt Harvey has won two consecutive starts after losing four straight decisions…Harvey is 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA (eight earned runs/24.2 innings) with 26 strikeouts in four career starts vs. Atlanta.

HOME RUNS THE WRIGHT WAY: Hit his 36th career home run vs. Atlanta last night…He ranks second among active players with 36 homers vs. Atlanta, Ryan Howard is first with 50…Wright’s home run put the Mets ahead 1-0, it was the 85th career go-ahead home run of his career, tying him with Darryl Strawberry for the most such home runs in franchise history…Wright has 238 career home runs and he trails Strawberry by 14 home runs for most in team history (252).

BACK-TO-BACK: New York has hit five back-to-back home runs this year, the most in the majors…The Mets hit eight back-to- back home runs in 2015…The franchise record is 13 back-to-back homers in 2000.

HOT HITTERS: Yoenis Cespedes has three homers and 11 RBI over his last five games and five home runs and 16 RBI over his last eight contests…Michael Conforto has 14 RBI and has scored 13 runs in his last 14 games…Lucas Duda has five home runs and 10 RBI in his last 12 games.

SLUGGERS SLUGGING: The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .453 slugging percentage…Yoenis Cespedes (.684) ranks third in the NL in slugging, Michael Conforto (.614) is eighth and Neil Walker (.600) is 10th…According to Elias, this is the furthest into any season, in terms of games that the Mets have had three qualified players slugging over .600.

METS VS. WISLER: Matt Wisler made his major league debut last season against the Mets on June 19, 2015 and earned the win… Has made 3 career starts against the New York Mets all coming last season, while posting a 2-1 record with a 2.14 ERA…In 21 innings pitched Wisler has allowed 5 runs while posting a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 16/4…Notable Mets hitters numbers against Wisler are provided below…

  • Kevin Plawecki: .400 (2-5, 1 HBP, 1 K)
  • Michael Conforto: .500 (3-6)
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .333 (2-6, 1 2B, 1 RBI)
  • David Wright: .167 (1-6, 1 HR, 1 RBI)
  • Lucas Duda: .125 (1-8, 2 BB, 1 K)
  • Curtis Granderson: .111 (1-9, 2 BB, 1 K)

 

Mets vs. Blue Jays Lineups 1:07 pm et

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Mets:

1. Juan Lagares (R) CF
2. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
5. Marc Krauss (L) 1B
6. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
7. Luis Rivera (R) 3B
8. Travis Taijeron (R) RF
9. Danny Muno (S) DH

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP

Blue Jays:

1. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
2. Josh Donaldson (R) DH
3. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
4. Chris Colabello (R) 1B
5. Michael Saunders (L) LF
6. Russell Martin (R) C
7. Darrell Ceciliani (L) RF
8. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
9. Andy Burns (R) 3B

SP: Aaron Sanchez RHP

  • This afternoon’s game will not be televised, but can be heard on WOR 710 AM.

Game Notes:

Available pitchers for both squads:

BLUE JAYS: RHP Roberto Osuna, RHP Arnold Leon, RHP Ryan Tepera, LHP Randy Choate
METS: LHP Sean Gilmartin

RHP BARTOLO COLON: Is making his fourth start in Grapefruit League action today.. Allowed eight runs on nine hits over 5.0 innings in his last start on March 18 vs. Washington..

YO!: Yoenis Cespedes has hit in 10 straight spring games…He is batting .464 (13-28) during that stretch… Overall, Cespedes is hitting .419 (13- 31) with two doubles and six RBI in 11 spring games…He has struck out just three times…Cespedes went 3-4 last night vs. the Yankees.

JUAN LAGARES: Is batting .391 (9-23) with five runs scored, one triple, one home run, six RBI, five walks and three stolen bases in 12 spring games.

DILSON HERRREA: Hit .364 and reached base seven times to lead Colombia to a WBC qualifying tournament win…He hit an eighth inning go-ahead home run on Sunday to lift Colombia to a 2-1 win over Panama.