July 2014

Series Preview: Giants vs Mets

T-Shirts, Gift Cards, Fireworks, Camps and Toy Trucks aside, this is a very important series for Los Mets.

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This could potentially become one of the most crucial series in the long term for the surging Mets, who are in the midst of a wild card spot chase. San Fran currently holds that top spot, so they are the team that we need to gain ground from. Citi Field is the venue, and it’s fair to say the Mets have really defended home grass, going 9-2 in their last 11 home games. It’ll be interesting to see where the Mets go from here on out, especially with big games and challenging opponents coming up.
Niese,deGrom,Colon and Gee face the Giants this week.
Need to know: SF Giants- Hunter Pence, is second in the NL in hits, behind Mets 2B Daniel Murphy.

Trade Deadline:NOW – Where things stand with the NY Mets

This is the official Pepper MetsDeadline update page that will be monitored until 4 PM July 31st
Post-Deadline – As predicted the Mets stood pat.
10:12 am- The Mets most likely trade candidate is Murphy.
10:09 am- Mets are likely to stand pat.
10:40 pm- The Mets will not acquire Alex Rios, per source.
10:37 pm- The Mets are very quiet, the team is expected to shop Colon after the deadline.

Pepper Roundtable: What should the Mets do at the deadline?

The non-waiver trading deadline is tomorrow July 31st. The Mets have reportedly been in the market for various players, and with that we go ask Baseball Bloggers and Fans their opinions.

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Niko Goutakolis( Pepper Lead Writer)- I’ve been an advocator to keep Daniel Murphy. He leads the NL in hits, and he is a strong middle of the order bat, thus he should not be included in any trade talks. The Mets could trade for a mid-level shortstop, but I honestly think the Mets are fine with Wilmer Flores for at least the rest of 2014. Dillson Herrera, who the Mets traded for last year, has been one of the most productive players in AAA, and he’s a shortstop, so I would wait to at least test him. The only move the Mets need to make is dumping Colon to free salary. They will probably place him on waivers in August and hope someone picks him up.
Mark Rogers- Mets Fan& Blogger-
I think that the Mets should part ways with Bartolo Colon. With that said, I also think that the Mets should acquire someone very high up as in Cargo or Tulo. I know they would need prospects in return which we have. The Mets should give them Colon, Chris Young, Rafael Montero and maybe someone such like Gee, Dendekker, Nieuwenhuis. All of that for Tulo, now Cargo would be much less probably just like Chris Young, Bartolo, and DenDekker or . Nieuwenhuis. The trade deadline is a tricking time, who knows what will happen.
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Devan-
The Mets could get a decent return for Bartolo Colon, who continues to impress even at his age. The Pirates, Royals, and other small market teams that need starting pitching may be in on the hurler. If the Mets maximize what they get for Colon, they could be much closer to winning ways down by improving their farm system.

Tomorrow, the Mets NEED to win

I’m not an advocator for “must-wins” but tomorrow might be different. I think we need to win 5 out of 7 this homestand. Wheeler goes tomorrow, and Niese, deGrom, Colon and Gee over the weekend. Tomorrow’s game starts at noon. The Mets are 7.5 back in the East and 6.5 back in the Wild Card.

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Phillies vs Mets preview

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The Phillies come to town for a three game set, and it’s fair to say this could potentially be 2 very different Phillies teams on Monday and Wednesday. Everyone is saying Philly must sell. And with aging veterans like Jonathan Papelbon, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Marlon Byrd, Carlos Ruiz, A.J Burnett, Cole Hamels, Antonio Bastardo and Ryan Howard, the last place Phillies could look much younger in 2-3 days. Phillies management, though are taking a “stubborn” approach by saying the team still has a chance and could lose ticket revenue if they sell. I’ve never seen the Phillies go under a fire sale. (The Braves never truly had one, but they have no remaining players from 2007-2008, great transition) .The Mets though, don’t really have a set mind on buying or selling.This 7 game homestand might help determine it.I say the Mets will have to at least win 5 out of 7, to call themselves “contenders”.
Tonight: Colon vs Burnett 7:10pm

Mets 6 games back in Wild Card

Believe it or not, the Mets are in the race. 6 games out is nothing shabby, but I’ve seen a 7 game lead disappear in 14 games, sadly.I hope that this means that the Mets make a big move, so they can make some more ground in the Wild Card. So who is available in the market? Tulo and Cargo aren’t though I’ve been wrong before. I just don’t see Colorado giving away the face of their franchise. If one of them are available, Zack Wheeler, Familia and Herrera will probably have to go, something I don’t see helping the Mets. So who else could the Mets target? How about Scooter Gennet of the Brewers, of course he is a smaller piece of the puzzle, but he is a strong lead off hitter and could be traded for Colon and a small bat like Matt denDekker. Whatever the Mets do, it has to have substance. And to be clear, the Mets have to make some sort of a move, for multiple reasons, including fanbase interest, and to increase contention.

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Have you been on Pepper Mets Blog lately? Well, if you have you will notice that lead writer Niko Goutakolis is recapping previewing and sharing his opinions!

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Mets’ deGrom for deRookie of deYear?

deGrom has been sensational, I just hope they don’t shut him down in early September. The best way to limit his innings would be a 6 man rotation.

Mets Cetera

After Jacob deGrom wrapped up seven more sparkling innings in Tuesday’s 3-1 Mets win over the Mariners, manager Terry Collins noted that “this guy’s got numbers to match up any rookie in the league.”

Well, does he? Certainly after that performance, deGrom made a statement that his name belongs in the National League Rookie of the Year discussion. Thanks in large part to a weak NL field — Jose Abreu, George Springer, Dellin Betances and Jake Odorizzi all play in the American League — deGrom now leads all NL rookies with 1.3 fWAR and ranks third overall behind Billy Hamilton of the Reds and Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks. But those players both have significant flaws.

Hamilton (3.2 fWAR) derives the bulk of his value from baserunning and defense, which — and it’s a shame, but it’s true — are not always high on many voters’…

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Opinion: The Mets need to stop experimenting

The Mets are experimenting, and its time to stop. Last nights game was possibly the worst matchup of the year for the Mets, so it’s fair to be critical. The Mets Chris Young is in one of his longest funks of the year. Collins put him in the lineup batting 6th, against a right handed pitcher. Am I missing something? Collins is the father of lefty-righty match-ups, and all of a sudden to his weakest player, batting under 200, in a crucial game and with better outfielders waiting on the bench, you play CY? This makes very little sense, in fact it makes NO SENSE. I’ve watched Young, hold up a roster spot that could be vacated by Kirk, den Dekker or Josh Satin, but no.. Chris Young. Valverde and Farnsworth both had to look over their shoulders and see young players, and they both weren’t having dream seasons (era’s in the 4’s) but it’s ok, they had no-frills deals, contracts worth less than a million because of mediocre seasons in past. Why was Chris Young offered a 7 million dollar deal  when he hasn’t hit 230 in 3 years! That was a horrible experiment! The Mets should have signed Marlon Byrd, because at least he had a good 2013.