February 23rd, 2014

Pepper 30: New York Mets (Mets Flash)

The last week, I’ve been giving my Mets Flash readers a Mets roster projection. I have converted that into a Pepper30, the last Pepper 30 for the NY Mets. Also, im sorry if I didn’t get to your team. I did around 20 Pepper30’s this year, and will try to do all 30 next year.

Well here it is!:
I believe the Mets Starting Rotation will look a little bit like this:
1. Jon Niese
2. Zack Wheeler
3.Dillon Gee
4. Bartolo Colon
5. John Lannan or Daisuke Matsusaka
Report= B+
The Rotation is good, yet I think people are overvaluing Colon. He is a number #4 pitcher at best, and has very little stamina. I believe Lannan wins the battle for the Fifth Starter, as I truly dont like Dice-K’s stuff.
Bullpen:
Carlos Torres
Scott Rice
Kyle Farnsworth
Jose Valverde
Vic Black
Bobby Parnell
(The loser of the #5)
Report: A-
I think the bullpen is a strength of this years Mets Club, Valverde was a steal, because if he can find his pitch, he can be dominant.
Catchers:
Anthony Recker
Travis D’arnaud
report : B
D’Arnaud’s offense was mediocre last year, but if he can give us 15 HR’s I will be satisfied.
Well that’s all for today, I’ll give you Part 2 later this week.
Here’s two notes:
Come MLB Season, expect two posts daily, a Pre and Post review. Until then posts will be on a once a week basis.

Infielders:
1B Lucas Duda
2B Daniel Murphy 
SS Wilmer Flores
3B David Wright
Review: A
This Infield is really good. Though we could potentially have a different 1B and SS, I believe that this is the best alignment. It’s time for the Mets to move on from Ike. I’m sick of seeing Davis struggle in Spring. Enough is enough eventually. Also Tejada seriously needs to hit in Spring Training. Tejada’s average needs to be above 250, and that’s mediocre at best! 
Outfielders:
LF Eric Young Jr
CF Chris Young
RF Curtis Granderson
Review: B+
The additions of Young and Granderson will certainly help the Mets cause. I hope Lagares makes the team as a back up if he doesn’t start. I like him on the Mets.
Bench:
IF-Josh Satin
C- Anthony Recker ( last post)
OF- Juan Lagares
OF- Matt DenDekker
IF- Omar Q.
Review- C+
I will be going to Spring Training next weekend, 2 of the 3 will be Mets games, will post pictures! 
Dont forget to check out Mets Flash here (LINK)

Gardner gets extension; Trout close to an extension

The Yankees recently extended Borja’s favorite player Brett Gardner to a 4 Year $52 Million Dollar deal. I believe this is a little bit of a bad move for the Yankees, a team that is currently overflowing with outfielders. I believe Gardner won’t get a starting role with the Yankees. Also, the Angels are hoping to lock Mike Trout, who could easily be considered as the best player in Baseball. Trout and Anaheim are looking at about 150 Million for 6 years. Don’t forget to tune into another Pepper Preseason Podcast.

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Andrew Bailey signs with Yanks

2-time all-star Andrew Bailey has signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. The deal is worth $2.5 million, but if Bailey can make the major league team, there will be an option for a second year and incentives. Bailey was the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year with Oakland and was one of the best closers in baseball, saving 26 games and putting up a dominating 1.84 ERA in 83.1 innings. He had solid seasons in 2010 and 2011, but was often injured. In 2012 and 2013 with Boston, Bailey struggled on the mound and with injuries. If Bailey can stay healthy and pitch like he did in Oakland, he could play a big part in the Yankee’s bullpen.