Looking Ahead to 20150

Looking ahead to 2015

The team is still in the 2014 NL playoff race, barely, but many eyes are looking ahead to next season when they will be vying for not simply a wildcard spot but the National League East title.  Yes, you heard it here, the New York Mets will not only be in the playoff race in 2015, they will win the East title and vie for the NL Pennant.   If Matt Harvey comes back as the 2013 edition of Matt Harvey, the World Series is the goal.

The Mets will find themselves with that enviable problem when 2015 rolls around. Pending trades, and there may very well be several, there could be eight hurlers vying for the Opening Day rotation...

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Ike Davis Deal Finalized0

The Mets completed their April trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announcing that left handed pitcher Blake Taylor, 19, is the player to be named later.  Earlier this year the Mets obtained reliever Zack Thornton for Ike.  Taylor was the Pirates 2013 second-round pick in the amateur draft, the 51st overall selection.  He is currently 0-2 with a 2.57 ERA in eight games for the Pirates’ affiliate in the Gulf Coast League.   Two pitchers who won’t reach the majors for a player who’d hit 32 HRs a year.

Davis has hit .252 with a .736 OPS and four home runs in 50 games since being traded to Pittsburgh.   Lucas Duda has stunk up the place since the deal, though he did hit two home runs in one game.

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Ike Davis Trade Complete0

Only time will tell if the deal works out (ain’t that always the case?) but per MLBtraderumors.com and other media outlets.

Mets, Pirates Complete Ike Davis Trade

The Mets and Pirates have completed the Ike Davis trade with the Bucs sending Blake Taylor to the Mets as the player to be named later, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (on Twitter).  Taylor was the Pirates second-round pick (No. 51) overall in last year’s draft.  The CBA prevents teams from trading drafted players within their first year in the organization, so the two sides had to wait until after the one-year mark.

At the time of the trade, it was reported that the PTBNL would be more significant than the other piece the Mets received in minor leagu...

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Parnell Out, Farnsworth In0

Bobby Parnell Injured

Most likely caused by throwing awkwardly trying to compensate for an injured neck, Parnell will sit out with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow.   Jon Niese had a partial tear last year and only missed several weeks.  That’s the most positive news I could come up with.  He’ll be replaced on the active 25 by Kyle Farnsworth.  The move will require the Mets drop someone from the 40 man roster.   One game in and things look bleak, though there is plenty of time to come back.    Or, of course, get worse.

Daniel Murphy is having a better week than the rest of his mates…baseball mates, that is.  He will be on leave for up to three days and will be replaced on the active roster by Wilmer Flores...

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Lost Number 1 of 72 Out of the Way0

90 Wins, Eh?

Okay, got that off my chest.

Washington Nationals 9  New York Mets 7

The mere fact is, the Mets have had great success on opening day in their history, however, that has not translated into year-long success – so this years plan of having a poor opening day in hopes of having success season-long is a great idea.  Fact is until Bobby Parnell threw that first 89 MPH blazer, things looked pretty swell.   Until that heater, I thought we were going to get the win, after all the Nationals had .190 BA Danny Espinosa at the plate and the end was upon us.   Ugly loss but there are 161 more to go, and I would suspect we’ll have others like this…perhaps good to get them out of the way early.

Speaking of there being a long season ahead, let’s look at some good performances today.

Ju...

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Opening Days0

Opening Day

Terry Collins announced that Dillon Gee will get the Mets 2014 Opening Day Assignment.

Pitcher Openers
Tom Seaver 11
Dwight Gooden 8
Johan Santana 4
Tom Glavine 4
Al Leiter 3
Bobby Jones 3
Craig Swan 2
Al Jackson 2
Roger Craig 2
Don Cardwell 1
David Cone 1
Jack Fisher 1
Dillon Gee 1
Mike Hampton 1
Pete Harnisch 1
Randy Jones 1
Jerry Koosman 1
Pedro Martinez 1
Jon Niese 1
Bobby Ojeda 1
Mike Pelfrey 1
Mike Torrez 1
Pat Zachry 1
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One Lefty Reliever Left in Camp0

What’s Up With The Lefties?

The Mets sent Josh Edgin, Jack Leathersich and Adam Kolarek to minor-league camp leaving only Scott Rice as a lefty reliever, though word is John Lannan will get a look out of the bullpen.   Lannan, the former Washington National, is officially in competition with Dice-K,  Jenrry Mejia, and two minor leaguers, Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero for the number five spot in the Mets rotation. I suspect Dice-K will win the number five job and Mejia will be relegated (sounds like a demotion, which it isn’t) to the pen or Triple A (that’s the demotion).  The youngsters deGrom and Montero will be sent out soon enough and get ready for their MLB debut later this season...

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