Former New York Mets prospect John Gant has been informed he has made the Atlanta Braves Opening Day roster. The 23-year old right hander is expected to carve out a role in the Braves bullpen after having an eye-opening spring. Gant was acquired from the Mets along with right-handed pitcher Rob Whalen, last July for infielder’s Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
Gant is currently ranked as the Braves 22nd best prospect according to MLB.com and held a 3.18 ERA in 11.1 innings pitched this spring. The righty only walked two while striking out ten, and held opponents to a .233 average.
- Curtis Granderson (L) RF
- David Wright (R) 3B
- Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
- Lucas Duda (L) 1B
- Neil Walker (S) 2B
- Michael Conforto (L) DH
- Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
- Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
- Juan Lagares (R) CF
- SP: Matt Harvey RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
- Alcides Escobar (R) SS
- Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
- Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
- Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
- Kendrys Morales (S) DH
- Alex Gordon (L) LF
- Salvador Perez (R) C
- Omar Infante (R) 2B
- Reymond Fuentes (L) RF
- SP: Edinson Volquez RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on ESPN.
METS-ROYALS NOTES: The Mets are 4-5 vs. the Royals during the regular season, including 1-2 at Kaufman Stadium.
OPENING DAY: The Mets are set to open their 55th season tonight…In the history of Major League Baseball, the Mets (35-19, .648) have the best winning percentage on Opening Day.
WORLD SERIES RE-MATCH: This is the first time in major league history that the two teams that met in the previous World Series, opened the following season against each other. Also, this is the first time in MLB history that the two starting pitchers of the final game of the World Series also face each other the following Opening Day.
VS. AL: This is also the first time in club history that the Mets begin the year vs. an American League club…New York went 9-11 in Interleague action last season…Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 166-156 (.516)…The .516 winning percentage in Interleague play is the second-best all-time among NL clubs behind St. Louis (154-141, .522).
FOR THE FIRST TIME: Six Mets are taking part in their first career Opening Day…The list includes: Eric Campbell, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki, Hansel Robles and Noah Syndergaard.
MATT HARVEY: Will make his first career Opening Day start tonight…Harvey will be the Mets’ sixth different starting pitcher in the last six years, joining Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee, Jonathon Niese, Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey…He will be the 24th different pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Mets…Tom Seaver holds the record with 12 Opening Day nods.
NOTABLE METS HITTERS VS. VOLQUEZ:
- Lucas Duda: .364 (4-11, 1 2B, 3 BB).
- Juan Lagares: .375 (3-8, 1 2B, 1 RBI).
- Asdrubal Cabrera: .308 (4-13, 1 HR, 3 RBI).
COULD IT BE FATE: The last time the Kansas City Royals came into the season as reigning World Series Champions (1985 champions), the New York Mets won the World Series (1986). It is also the 30 year anniversary of the New York Mets last World Series Championship.
I have had this date circled on my calendar since November 2nd, when the Mets season ended at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in last year’s World Series. There is not a more fitting opponent for the Mets to face to open the season, than the Royals after how last season ended. Continue reading
The New York Mets defeated the Chicago Cubs this afternoon by the score of 8-1, in their final game of the spring. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Steven Matz pitched 5 innings of no hit ball, walking 2 and striking out 6. He also went 1-1 at the plate this afternoon.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a clean 9th inning, striking out the side in order.
- Antonio Bastardo had his best inning of the spring, only allowing 1 hit, no runs, and a strikeout.
- Yoenis Cespedes went 1-1 with a solo HR and a walk.
- Michael Conforto was 1-2 with a run scored.
- Travis d’Arnaud was 1-3 with a run scored.
- Ty Kelly was 1-1 with a 3-run home run.
- T.J. Rivera was 2-3 with a solo HR and a double.
- The Mets finish the spring with an 8-17-5 record.
The Mets played a great game this afternoon against the Cubs to conclude their 2016 Spring Training Campaign. I’m excited for Sunday Night, as many Mets fans are, and I can’t wait to see what this season holds for the Mets. I can’t remember the team having these high of expectations, since 2007. The roster heading into the season is very versatile and it’s tough to point to a glaring weakness on this year’s team, although the jury is still out on the bullpen, besides Familia. Terry Collins stated he could care less about Spring Training record’s as they could go either 1-21 or 21-1 and it wouldn’t mean anything, which is indeed true. I’ve tried not to get too high or too low on any particular performance this spring as the results mean nothing. The Mets head into this season healthy and confident they can win it all, and I share those same feelings of confidence. Let’s play ball y’all!
- The Mets open the 2016 season Sunday night in Kansas City against the defending champion Kansas City Royals. First pitch is scheduled for 8:37 pm et and can be seen on ESPN.
- Matt Harvey will get the ball for the Mets on Opening Night, and tote the rubber against Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez.
The New York Mets have revealed the Opening Night roster they will be taking with them to Kansas City, after this afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Continue reading
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) LF
7. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P
SP: Steven Matz LHP
1. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Jorge Soler (R) LF
6. Kyle Schwarber (L) C
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Matt Szczur (R) CF
9. Jason Hammel (R) P
SP: Jason Hammel RHP
- Today’s game can be seen on WGN or MLB.tv if you have a subscription.
LHP STEVEN MATZ: Will make his sixth appearance and fifth start this spring today…In his last start he allowed one hit and one run over 5.2 innings vs. Washington on March 27…
VIVA LAS VEGAS: This season will mark the fourth year that the Las Vegas 51s serve as the Mets Triple-A affiliate…Notable 51s alumni include Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, Steven Matz and Wilmer Flores…Wally Backman will manage the 51s again this season… Former Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola will be the pitching coach and Jack Voigt will be the hitting coach… The Mets are making their third appearance at Cashman Field…New York’s last played in Las Vegas in 2014 when they also took on the Cubs.
MEET ME IN KANSAS CITY: The Mets will open the 2016 season on national television on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball on April 3 at 8:37 p.m. (ET)… RHP Matt Harvey has been named the team’s Opening Day starter…RHP Edinson Volquez will start the Opener for the Royals…RHP Noah Syndergaard will start the second game of the year on Tuesday, April 5…He will be opposed by RHP Ian Kennedy.
ATTENDANCE: The Mets averaged 6,897 fans over 14 dates in Port St. Lucie…It was the second largest average attendance in Port St. Lucie history over its 29-year history…Only 1988, the first year in PSL, averaged more (7,187 over 13 dates).
The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets this evening in Las Vegas by the final score of 5-1. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Lucas Duda was 3-4 with a double, and an RBI single.
- David Wright was 1-4 with a run scored.
- Kevin Plawecki was 2-3, with 2 base hits.
- Las Vegas native Paul Sewald received the start and pitched solid 3 innings, allowing no runs, on 1 hit, with 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.
- Chase Bradford was charged with the loss, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) over 3 hits in 1.1 innings pitched.
- Erik Goeddel allowed a run on 2 hits, with a walk and a strikeout in an inning of work.
- Jim Henderson pitched a scoreless inning only allowing a hit, with one strikeout.
- The Mets winless streak has increased to 14 games.
- The Mets have scored only 2 runs in their last 33 innings.
- The Mets conclude their spring schedule with one more game against the Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 pm et and can be seen on WGN or MLB.tv if you have a subscription.
- Steven Matz will start the final game of the spring for the Mets, against Cubs right-hander Jason Hammel.
Jacob deGrom pitched in a minor league intrasquad game this afternoon and threw 71 pitches. The Mets did not provide a final line for deGrom’s afternoon. Orginally deGrom was scheduled to pitch tonight in Las Vegas against the Cubs, but was held back in Port St. Lucie as his wife is expecting their child any day now. He is expected to start their home opener at Citi Field on April 8th. Right-handed pitcher Paul Sewald will start for the Mets tonight in his hometown of Las Vegas.
- Former Mets pitcher Matt Bowman is now slated to make the St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day roster due to reliever Jordan Walden battling a shoulder issue. Bowman was selected by the Cardinals in this past December’s Rule 5 Draft, and had been highly questionable to make the Opening Day roster until Walden’s latest shoulder setback. Bowman is required to be on the Cardinals 25-man roster for the entire 2016 season or be returned to the Mets, unless a trade is able to be worked out. Bowman can’t be put on the disabled list until he has been an active roster member for 90 days. The 25-year old right-hander holds a 7.88 ERA in 8 innings pitched this spring, and is ranked as the Cardinals 21st best prospect by MLB.com.
- Former Mets closer Bobby Parnell who had been released by the Tigers earlier in the week, has agreed to a minor league deal to stay with the Tigers. Parnell will report to Triple-A Toledo with the hope of receiving a call-up later this season. Parnell had an 8.68 ERA this spring in 9.1 innings pitched, but has been clocked as high as 96 mph in Grapefruit League action. The Tigers believe if Parnell can get better command of his pitches he could pitch for them at the big league level this season.
- Yankees manager Joe Girardi had stated on air during today’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, that former Mets right-handed pitching prospect Luis Cessa has made the team out of Spring Training. Cessa was originally included with right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers, in the Yoenis Cespedes trade at last year’s Trade Deadline. Cessa was then traded by the Tigers this offseason to the Yankees for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson. Cessa will pitch out of the bullpen for the Yankees, and has a 2.70 in 10 innings pitched.
It is being reported by ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin that OF Travis Taijeron has been named the 2016 John J. Murphy Award winner, for being the top rookie in Major League camp this spring.
Taijeron had a slash line of .348/.432/.658 this spring with two home runs, and 11 RBI’s. Taijeron’s 11 RBI’s led all Mets hitters this spring, and he did all that damage in only 38 at-bats. The 27-year old isn’t on MLB.com’s prospect list, but he hit .274/.393/.536 with 25 HR’s and 71 RBI’s, last season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Taijeron is expected to open this season at Triple-A Las Vegas as well.
I wrote a piece on Taijeron earlier this spring that you can check out below: