March 7th, 2015

On the Rise: Steven Matz

Originally posted in July 2014. Matz threw two scoreless innings in the Mets road split-squad.

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Matz throwing a bullpen in Spring Training with Dan Warthen watching

Ever since Matz was drafted in the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft by the New York Mets, Matz has been getting better and better. His combined ERA in 3 seasons in the minors in 2.39 . He’s logged just around a full season of starting pitching with 233 innings. (A major league starting pitcher that never has a DL stint averages 200 innings per year). Matz is 23 years old, and could get promoted as soon as next year, I assume that if he when he does get the call, he will become a valuable lefty specialist, mainly due to the fact that his SO9 (Strike out per 9) totals at 9.5 . Which is relatively high, and that is generally what lefty specialists are asked to do. (Imagine a starter getting 10 strikeouts every game!) At this moment it…

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On The Rise: Noah Syndergaard

I originally posted this in August 2014. Noah struggled in his first Spring Training game in 2015, but got out of bigger trouble. “Thor” will start the season in AAA Las Vegas.

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Noah Syndergaard or Thor for the purposes of this article so I don’t have to write Syndersomething 100 times, has been one of the Mets highly regarded prospects ever since the blockbuster trade in the 2012-2013 offseason. In general, the Mets got a better half, reviving Travis d’Arnaud and Thor for Dickey, Thole and Nickeas.

Thor’s main problem isn’t Las Vegas, it isn’t his walk rate, it’s his expectations. Judging a prospect one needs to factor in a whole new set of statistics that power the game Sabermetrics etc,but what happens when stats don’t tell the whole story? Stats were not on Jacob deGrom’s side in the minors, but when he got called up, he dazzled. Thor, was getting all of the talk during the offseason, but as we’ve seen so far in AAA, he’s not ready, but I’m still holding out hope that he can produce Dillon Gee like…

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Harvey was good on Friday


Matt Harvey was dominant on Friday, tossing two prefect innings. To cap off his perfect start, he dropped a hammer on Bryan Holliday. “Things felt so good that the fact that I did have surgery is completely out of my mind,” Matt stated post-game. Harvey got up to 99mph during his two innings of work. Harvey looked un-phased, and was completely in-control during the duration of the game.

“We know we’ve got a long way to go yet,” manager Terry Collins said. “But he is who he is. There are special guys, and he’s just one of those guys.”. Harvey is a key part to this 2015 Mets staff. The Mets are hoping to get a full season out of Harvey, but not everybody is sharing the optimism. Pitching coach Dan Warthen, who has been the Mets pitching coach since 2008, the longest tenured coach, believes that Harvey won’t reach 200 innings, or at least he is “very skeptical”. My hope is that he is that Harvey will be pumped and primed for the postseason!