Amid the hoopla of New York Mets phenom Matt Harvey being tabbed to start Tuesday’s All-Star Game for the National League at Citi Field, rotation mate Jeremy Hefner – believe it or not – has been the Mets’ best starter since June.
As the saying goes: One man’s trash is another man’s gain.
After waiting nearly two years for this day, the New York Mets showcased the foundation of their franchise Tuesday during a day-night doubleheader against the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, providing a beacon of hope for the team’s otherwise hopeless 2013 season.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon believes the organization is moving in the right direction and that he is confident in general manager Sandy Alderson’s plan.
Win-loss record for a pitcher is one of the most overrated statistics in baseball. There are better numbers to measure a pitcher’s performance than how many games he wins and losses. New York Mets ace Matt Harvey knows this all too well.
New York Mets top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is on the verge of the joining the big league club. Wheeler’s much-anticipated major league debut, scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, will inevitably bump a pitcher out of the Mets’ starting rotation.
Barring injury, there are currently two candidates competing to avoid being moved to the bullpen at Wheeler’s expense. Those two would be Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner.
These days, the New York Mets are not having any trouble finding new and creative ways to lose. Even by their impressive standards, this past weekend’s series against the Miami Marlins was unprecedented.
In 30 innings over two days, the Marlins swept a two-game series from the Mets at Citi Field. To put into perspective just how bad things have gotten for the Mets, the Marlins are 8-3 against them and 10-41 against the rest of baseball this season. That’s telling.
Though the All-Star Game is still about five weeks away, there has been quite a lot of hoopla already about New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey starting the game. But here is something to ponder – is it conceivable to believe if the National League is leading in the ninth inning that Bobby Parnell would be asked to close?
After all, Parnell, 28, has gone from answering questions about his reliability as a major league closer to whether he’s good enough to be on the National League All-Star squad in next month’s game.
Ruben Tejada will be out of commission for the Mets, rehabilitating his injured right quadriceps at the team’s minor-league complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Despite a disappointing start to the season for the oft-scrutinized Tejada, he shouldn’t be lost in the shuffle when he’s ready to come off the 15-day disabled list. It’s way too early for the team to give up on their promising shortstop.
O-M-Gee, for the first time since the Subway series began in 1997, the Mets have swept a season series from the Yankees.
With Zack Wheeler still presumably on the brink of joining the big league club in mid-June, a starter will have to be dropped from the rotation, and – barring injury – Dillon Gee appeared to be the odd man out entering his start in the series finale Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. In fact, manager Terry Collins informed Gee face-to-face that he was headed for the bullpen if he didn’t take a significant step forward. Apparently, the 27-year-old Gee got the message loud and clear.
The New York Mets were so fed up with the struggles of Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada that they were prepared to demote the duo to Triple-A Las Vegas after Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees, according to multiple reports.
Faced with the pressure on Wednesday night of playing for their roster spots, both delivered keys hits in yet another shocking victory over the crosstown rival Yankees.
There has been an ongoing debate about how the New York Mets will alter their starting rotation when Zack Wheeler, the team’s top pitching prospect, makes his much-anticipated debut – probably sometime next month.
Two of the team’s current five starters – Matt Harvey and Jonathon Niese – aren’t going anywhere. On Sunday night, Shaun Marcum, 31, took a step in the right direction to add his name to that list.
Ay Yi Y-Ike Davis.
Whether the New York Mets decide to send first baseman Ike Davis to the minor leagues or not, it’s not going to make much a difference in the grand scheme of things.
In a season full of disappointments, one of the few bright spots for the New York Mets has been the emergence of closer Bobby Parnell.
Parnell, who was named the team’s closer in spring training after Frank Francisco was diagnosed with a mild strain of the flexor pronator in his right elbow, has recorded six saves.
Matt Harvey’s emergence as perhaps the best pitcher in Major League Baseball took another leap forward Tuesday night during the Mets’ victory over the Chicago White Sox.
It’s long been said that pinch-hitting is one of the most difficult things to do in baseball. But Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin has mastered it through his first one-plus seasons in the big leagues.
Of Valdespin’s 10 career home runs, six have come as a pinch hitter.
Howard Megdal is the Mets beat writer for The Journal News, serving as the lead writer for the paper’s Mets blog, Mets.LoHudBlogs.com. In addition, Megdal is the author of “Wilpon’s Folly: The Story of A Man, His Fortune and The New York Mets,” in which he chronicles the financial and legal difficulties of the team’s owners.
I recently had the chance to interview Megdal, where he gave his assessment of this year’s team, talked about which Met has the most upside and estimated how many wins this year’s team could have, if all goes well. You can follow Megdal on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
When the New York Mets hired Terry Collins to be the team’s manager Nov. 23, 2010, I remember the first thing I said to myself was, “Who?” Then, after doing some research, I thought to myself, “Really?” “This is who general manager Sandy Alderson has tabbed to be the team’s new skipper?”
With the exception of Jon Niese and Matt Harvey, the Mets’ rotation has been abysmal through the first two weeks of the season. So calling up Zack Wheeler, the team’s top pitching prospect, would seem like the answer to that problem, right? Not so fast.
Excluding catcher John Buck’s scorching start to the season, Daniel Murphy has been the New York Mets’ top hitter through the team’s first 11 games.
Murphy, who is batting a team-high .381, has hit safely in all but three games. The second baseman has a team-best 16 hits, including eight extra-base hits – five doubles, two home runs and one triple – in 42 at-bats. Last season, he didn’t belt his first two home runs until June 27, when he hit both in consecutive at-bats.
Entering the 2013 season, the catcher position seemed to be a liability for the New York Mets.
The Theater Cafe in Forest Hills was closed one weekday a few months ago, and Jeanine Cummins was at a loss for words, which is worth noting, since she is paid to produce them in abundance. The author and Glendale resident often seeks sanctuary in the warm confines of the coffee house, writing and researching for several hours. And it’s where she estimates she penned about one-third of her latest book, “The Outside Boy,” (Penguin Group) a novel released last month.
Amy Schumer has certainly been busy these days. After coming in fourth place on NBC’s reality show “Last Comic Standing” last fall, her career as a stand-up comic and actress has skyrocketed.