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Can The Mets Absorb Noah Syndergaard’s Absence?

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With the Mets reporting to Spring Training 2.0, the reality of baseball commencing is starting to set in. One of the obvious storylines surrounding the team in regards to the 2020 campaign is how the Mets rotation will fare without Noah Syndergaard this season. Continue reading

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

Jose Reyes Returns Home.

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Sept. 25, 2011; Queens, NY, USA; The Phildelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets, 9-4, in a Major League Baseball game at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Credit: Danny Wild/MLB.com

Jose Reyes as expected, has been activated prior to tonight’s game, and is in the starting lineup, batting leadoff and starting at third base for the first time in his career. Infielder Matt Reynolds has been optioned back to AAA Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Third baseman David Wright has also been transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Reyes on the 40-man roster.

Reyes was 6-34 (.176) with six runs scored and two RBI in 11 games between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League. Reyes was signed to a minor league contract by the Mets on June 25 following his release from the Colorado Rockies. Reyes hit .274 with 25 doubles, seven home runs and 53 RBI in 116 games between Toronto and Colorado last year.

Reyes who came up with the Mets back in 2003, played for the Mets until 2011 before departing as a free agent to the Miami Marlins. Reyes is the franchise leader in stolen bases (370), triples (99) and ranks third in hits (1,300) and second in runs (735). It also has been announced that Reyes will wear his customary #7, and Travis d’Arnaud will switch his number to #18.

It is expected that Reyes will primarily play third base, although Terry Collins suggested prior to tonight’s game that Reyes could possibly see time in center field as well. All in all Reyes can provide much-needed speed at the top of the lineup for a Mets team that is devoid of it. Reyes also seems to be rejuvenated to be back in New York, and he has taken one of the best approaches towards addressing his domestic violence incident compared to many other athletes who have been in the same situation.

It is a great low risk addition for a Mets ballclub who has struggled with speed on the bases, and there is nobody better to take a flyer on than one of the greatest Mets players of all time.

Welcome home Jose and let’s go Mets!

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

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Miami Marlins (43-40):

  1. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
  2. Martin Prado (R) 3B
  3. Christian Yelich (L) LF
  4. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
  5. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
  6. Chris Johnson (R) 1B
  7. Miguel Rojas (R) 2B
  8. Jeff Mathis (R) C
  9. Wei-Yin Chen (R) P

SP: Wei-Yin Chen LHP (4-3, 5.11 ERA)

New York Mets (45-37):

  1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
  2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
  4. Wilmer Flores (R) 2B
  5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
  6. James Loney (L) 1B
  7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
  9. Steven Matz (R) P

SP: Steven Matz LHP (7-3, 3.40 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Game Notes:

MARLINS-METS NOTES: The Mets have won six straight home season series vs. the Marlins dating to 2010…The Mets are 38- 29 all-time vs. the Fish at Citi Field.

HOMECOOKIN’: The Mets are 5-0 on their season-high 11-game homestand…The Mets are 24-16 at home this year and have won seven consecutive games at Citi Field…The Mets are 34-7 when they score four or more runs.

COMEBACK CITY: The Mets overcame a six-run deficit yesterday… It was tied for the fourth-largest comeback win in team history and first since September 8, 2015 at Washington when they overcame a six-run deficit to win 8-7.

HOT HITTERS: Travis d’Arnaud is batting .448 (13-29) with one home run and seven RBI over his last nine games dating to June 24… In Curtis Granderson’s last five games, he’s batting .438 (7-16) with two home runs, four RBI and four runs scored…Brandon Nimmo is 8-for-his-last-28 (.321)…He has four RBI and scored four times in his last five games.

YO MVP: Yoenis Cespedes has hit in eight straight games, going 13-33 (.394) with two homers and five RBI…Has nine RBI in his last 11 home games…Cespedes is hitting .368 (25-68) with four homers, 10 RBI and a .421 OBP over his last 18 games.

FIRST-HALF FAMILIA: Jeurys Familia’s 29 saves prior to the All-Star break are the most in team history…Familia had 27 firsthalf saves last year.

MATZ VS. MARLINS: Has made two career starts against the Marlins…Is 0-1 with a 11.57 ERA and has struck out seven and walked four…His 11.57 ERA is his highest ERA against any opponent…Has made one start against the Marlins this season…Took the loss in his first start of the season on April 11…Pitched a career-low 1.2 innings, allowed a career-high seven runs, earned, on six hits…The loss marked his first and only career home defeat.

METS VS. CHEN: The 30-year old left-hander is making the first start of his career against the Mets but notable current Mets hitter’s numbers  against the 30-year old lefty are provided below…

  • Jose Reyes: .444 (4-9), 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • James Loney: .333 (8-24), 2 2B, 1 HR
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .214 (3-14), RBI, 4 K
  • Curtis Granderson: .182 (2-11), 2 HR, 3 RBI
  • Asdrubal Cabrera:.125 (2-16), 1 HR, 2 RBI

Final Recap: Mets 14 – Cubs 3

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The New York Mets (44-37) completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs (51-30) this afternoon by demolishing them by the final score of 14-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Wilmer Flores had a game of a lifetime going 6-6 while hitting 2 HR’s and driving in 4.
  • Curtis Granderson was 2-4 with a solo HR and an RBI single.
  • Kelly Johnson was 2-2 with a pinch-hit 2-run HR.
  • Rene Rivera was 2-4 with a 2-run HR and 3 RBI’s.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Neil Walker was 2-4 with an RBI.
  • James Loney was 2-4 with an RBI.
  • Noah Syndergaard fired 7 innings of 1-run ball allowing 7 hits, while walking none and striking out 8.
  • The Mets belted out 22 hits today.

Well Mets fans the score speaks for itself. After the Cubs took a 1-0 lead early in the top of the first inning, it was nothing short of an ambush by the Mets for the rest of the game. It was also a historic day for the Mets in multiple ways, as Wilmer Flores became the second Met in club history to get six hits in one game. Edgardo Alfonzo is the only other player in franchise history to collect six hits in a game. The Mets also clubbed a season-high 22 hits, which also matched the franchise record for hits in a home game. The Mets had also not swept a regular season four-game series from the Cubs since June 17-20, 1985, which is another great feat that this group of players accomplished today.  The Mets are also now responsible for Jon Lester’s shortest outing of his career, as he only went 1.1 innings and gave up eight runs on nine hits. 

This Mets team is totally rejuvenated since rallying from three runs behind on Thursday night and they steamrolled the best team in baseball all weekend long. Wilmer Flores looked like Babe Ruth at the plate today as he broke out of a recent 0-14 slump, and put his best foot forward to hold off whispers of Jose Reyes taking the third base job when he arrives, possibly sometime this week. 

Noah Syndergaard also put rest to whispers about his elbow as he mowed down the Cubs lineup this afternoon without much trouble. Syndergaard had been pulled after three innings in his last start against Washington after blowing a four-run lead, and he made sure the Cubs weren’t sniffing any sort of comeback, as he retired eleven straight batters at one point. 

The Mets seemed to play with a chip on their shoulder all weekend. All we have been talking about is how the Mets season may be doomed with this homestand, and how good the Cubs are coming into Citi Field. The Mets seemed to remember who the defending National League Champions are and took it to the Cubs. They have now won eight straight against the Cubs dating back to last year’s NLCS. 

The Mets still have a lot of work left to be done on this difficult homestand, as they welcome the Miami Marlins in for three games beginning tomorrow. The Mets and Marlins are neck and neck in the NL East standings for second place, and each team will try to further distance themselves from one another over the next three games. I have faith however this rejuvenated team can get the job done as the morale seems to be as high as it has been all season. Let’s go Mets!

  • The Mets and Marlins will do battle for a late-afternoon 4th of July contest tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4:10 pm et. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY.
  • Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.55 ERA) will make the start for the Mets and oppose Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (6-7, 4.45 ERA).

Lineups & Game Notes: Cubs vs. Mets 1:10 pm et.

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Chicago Cubs (51-29):

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) RF
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Willson Contreras (R) LF
6. Jeimer Candelario (S) 3B
7. Javier Baez (R) SS
8. David Ross (R) C
9. Jon Lester (L) P
SP: Jon Lester LHP (9-3, 2.03 ERA)

 

New York Mets (43-37):

1. Juan Lagares (R) CF
2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
6. James Loney (L) 1B
7. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (8-3, 2.49 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.

Game Notes:

CUBS-METS NOTES: New York has won three straight regular season games vs. the Cubs and seven straight (including postseason)…The Mets have won the first three games of this series…The last time New York swept Chicago in a four-game series was June 17-20, 1985 at Shea Stadium.

START WITH A BANG: The Mets have 18 homers in the first frame this year, tied with Houston for the most in the majors… The Mets have outscored their opponents 42-25 in the first inning this season.

YO: Yoenis Cespedes has four homers in his last seven games at Citi Field…Is hitting .349 (15-43) with three homers, four RBI and a .404 OBP over his last 11 games.

HIT EM’ IN THE SKY WALKER: Neil Walker connected on his 15th home run of the year last night…Walker had 16 home runs in 151 games with Pittsburgh last year…His career-high is 23 home runs set in 2014 with the Pirates…Walker is tied for second among major league second basemen with his 15 long balls.

HEY ROOK: Brandon Nimmo is 8-for-his-last-24 (.333) after going 0-4 in his major league debut on June 26 at Atlanta…He has four RBI and scored three times in his last three games.

LOCKDOWN: Jeurys Familia has 28 saves, the most in the majors…Is 28-28 in save opportunities in 2016…Familia has a franchise record with 28 straight saves to open a season…Familia has saved 44 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record.

SYN-CITI: Noah Syndergaard has allowed four earned runs in his last 31.2 innings at Citi Field (1.14 ERA)…Overall, Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 2.12 ERA with three walks and 68 strikeouts at home this year.

THOR VS. CUBS: Has faced Chicago once in the regular season and once in the postseason (2015 NLCS)…He is 1-1 in his two starts, with a 3.27 ERA and has struck out 15 and walked five.

METS VS. LESTER: Jon Lester has made three career starts against the Mets and is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA…He has 18 strikeouts and 10 walks in 18 innings pitched against the Mets…Notable numbers against Lester are provided below…

  • Travis d’Arnaud: .667 (2-3), 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Alejandro De Aza: .286 (4-14), 4 2B
  • Curtis Granderson: .277 (13-47), 2 2B, 2 HR
  • James Loney: .267 (4-15), 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • Asdrubal Cabrera: .259 (7-27), 2 2B, 2 RBI
  • Neil Walker: .250 (2-8), 2 K
  • Wilmer Flores: .250 (2-8), 1 HR, 1 RBI
  • Yoenis Cespedes: .125 (2-16), 1 RBI
  • Kelly Johnson: .067 (1-15), 1 RBI, 2 BB

Final Recap: Mets 4 – Cubs 3

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The New York Mets (43-37) defeated the Chicago Cubs (51-29) by the final score of 4-3 tonight. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Neil Walker was 2-4 with a 2-run home run.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was 2-4 with a 2-run single.
  • Bartolo Colon pitched another solid game going 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4.
  • Jeurys Familia converted his 28th save of the season and remains a perfect 28-28 in save opportunities this season.

The Mets put forth another solid performance tonight against the Chicago Cubs who are arguably the best team in baseball. The Mets offense was able to jump on Cubs starter Jake Arrieta early in the game with Neil Walker hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Travis d’Arnaud also had a clutch two-out single which found just enough grass to drop, that scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Those would be all the runs the Mets would need tonight as the pitching held the Cubs to three runs, and the Mets improved their record to 32-7 on the season when they score four or more runs. 

Bartolo Colon went toe-to-toe with arguably the best pitcher in the National League in Cubs starter Jake Arrieta. Colon disclosed after the game to reporters that he has been dealing with a sore left leg since a start against the Pirates back on June 16. With the way he has pitched over the past several weeks I don’t think anyone would’ve noticed, and it shouldn’t be much of an issue at all. Since May 23rd Colon has posted a 4-1 record with a 1.96 ERA, and he has not allowed more than two runs in any of those eight starts. Well done Mr. Colon!

The Mets have now won seven straight against the Cubs dating back to last season’s NLCS. What a great shift of momentum and morale this series has provided the Mets, and it could be an even bigger jolt to this club if they come out with a four-game sweep tomorrow afternoon. There isn’t a better pitcher for the Mets to have on the mound tomorrow than Noah Syndergaard to help bring out the brooms. Keep on believing Mets fans and let’s go Mets!

On a side note Juan Lagares was activated off the disabled list prior to tonight’s game, and reliever Seth Lugo was sent back down to AAA Las Vegas. Lugo pitched two scoreless innings in last night’s ballgame and should be back up again at some point in the season. Lagares is expected to be in tomorrow’s starting lineup against Cubs lefty Jon Lester. 

  • The Mets will go for the four game sweep of the Cubs tomorrow afternoon with a 1:10 pm et start time. Tomorrow’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
  • Noah Syndergaard will look to bounce back after his last start (8-3, 2.49 ERA) against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (9-3, 2.03 ERA).

Lineups: Cubs vs. Mets 7:15 pm et.

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Chicago Cubs (51-28):

1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
2. Jason Heyward (L) CF
3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
5. Willson Contreras (R) LF
6. Miguel Montero (L) C
7. Addison Russell (R) SS
8. Chris Coghlan (L) RF
9. Jake Arrieta (R) P
SP: Jake Arrieta RHP (12-2, 2.10 ERA)

 

New York Mets (42-37):

1. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
2. Neil Walker (S) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Alejandro De Aza (L) RF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P
SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (6-4, 2.86 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on FOX.

 

Yesterday’s Final Recap: Mets 10 – Cubs 2

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New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts as he crosses the plate after hitting a three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 1, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

The New York Mets (42-37) defeated the Chicago Cubs (51-28) last night by the final score of 10-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • Asdrubal Cabrera was 2-4 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s.
  • Brandon Nimmo was 2-5 and hit his first career MLB home run which was a 3-run shot.
  • James Loney was 3-5 with a solo HR and a 2-run double.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with a solo HR.
  • Jacob deGrom was solid for 5 rain-interrupted innings, giving up only 1 run on three hits. He walked 1 and struck out 7.

The Mets look to be regaining their swagger back. Two night’s ago behind a solid pitching performance they scrapped for runs by any means possible. Last night we saw the type of Mets club that had been dominating back in April. The Mets slugged a Citi Field record five home runs, and Jacob deGrom pitched a great game against one of the best offenses in baseball. The Mets bullpen followed with four innings of 1-run ball and never gave the Cubs much of a chance to make it a ballgame again. 

Brandon Nimmo has done nothing but become a jolt of energy in the Mets dugout over the past several days. Nimmo’s infectious smile and his grind it out approach have seemed to lighten the mood both on and off the field for the Mets. Nimmo is making a case to stay on this ballclub for the long run with the way he is swinging the bat and playing defense in the outfield. Let’s hope he can keep it up because the Mets will have two great sparkplugs on this team, with both Nimmo and the soon to be recalled Jose Reyes. 

This is as dominant of a win we have seen the Mets have lately, and it was a great way to turn the page on an uneven June and start a new chapter in July. Yes the Mets are still a season-high six games behind the Nationals, but this ballclub looks to be playing with a sense of urgency that seemed to be lacking over the past couple of weeks. The Mets just have to continue to take it game-by-game and if they can continue this run they have started, the Mets will certainly have their opportunities before the All-Star break to get revenge on the Nats. Let’s keep the momentum going into tonight and let’s go Mets!

  • The Mets and Cubs will do battle in the third game of their four game series tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm et. Tonight’s game can be seen on FOX.
  • The ageless wonder Bartolo Colon (6-4, 2.86 ERA) will toe the rubber against the best pitcher in the National League, Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta (12-2, 2.10 ERA).

Mets Tidbits:

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  • Manager Terry Collins stated prior to tonight’s game that outfielder Juan Lagares will start Sunday against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester. You can expect Lagares to be activated off the disabled list within the next day or so. Lagares is in the lineup for Game 1 of Binghamton’s doubleheader on Friday night.
  • Reliever Jim Henderson is expected to start and pitch an inning for Binghamton in the second game of today’s doubleheader against New Hampshire. Henderson has been on the DL since June 21 with right bicep tendonitis.
  • Shortstop now third baseman, Jose Reyes was 0-4 while playing 9 innings at third base last night for Binghamton. Reyes is 1-17 with two runs scored and two RBI in four games, but the Mets are mainly focused on Reyes becoming comfortable at the hot-corner than his offensive output in Binghamton.