Mets suspend Matt Harvey for 3 days

On Sunday, the Mets announced Matt Harvey would not be making his scheduled start against the Marlins after being held a three game suspension that started on Saturday. Just the latest debacle for this franchise. Instead the Mets had to call up Adam Wilk for a spot start, who arrived into LaGaurdia at 7 A.M. for a 1:10 P.M. start. Wilk got crushed by the Marlins and in 3 ²/₃ innings, allowed six runs, five earned, and eight hits.

Harvey did not show up to Citi Field on Saturday for the game against the Marlins. It has since been found out that he was out partying in the city until 4 A.M. Saturday morning. The Mets were so concerned with him not showing up, the team sent security to his home to make sure everything was okay. This is not the first time he has not shown up to a game either.

Harvey and Met fans have had a turbulent relationship. It started two seasons ago, when during the heat of a playoff hunt, Harvey’s agent said he would stop pitching due to an innings limit. However, Harvey ignored the limit after backlash, and had a near heroic World Series performance, and if the Mets won that game, he would have been loved forever. Since then, he had a terrible 2016 season that saw him miss the second half of the year due to surgery, and a subpar start to 2017 coupled with this fiasco. Many Met fans are sick of his antics now that he is not performing. They could deal with it when he was pitching like a Cy Young candidate.

Manager Terry collins said Harvey will have to address his teammates on Tuesday when he returns to the clubhouse. Jose Reyes said, “You’re an employee, you have to understand you need to show up for your work. That’s the rules that the team has since spring training. As a grown man, you’ve got a job to do. You have to understand: If you don’t show up, you’re going to pay the consequence.” Not all players spoke about the situation, but you can’t help but wonder if this is how they all feel.

When asked if the Mets players still even respect Harvey, Terry Collins said, “I can’t answer that, I don’t know.”

 

Links:

http://nypost.com/2017/05/07/jose-reyes-slams-matt-harvey-he-knows-the-rules/

http://nypost.com/2017/05/07/mets-put-adam-wilk-through-hell-even-before-he-got-pounded/

http://www.nj.com/mets/index.ssf/2017/05/mets_terry_collins_matt_harvey_needs_to_apologize.html

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Update: Noah Syndergaard shut down for 8 weeks

The Mets announced earlier last week that Noah Syndergaard will not pick up a baseball for at least six weeks. This means that he will not pitch again for the Mets before the All-Star break in mid-July.

Syndergaard flew to California for a second opinion and received a “positive” opinion from a specialist. It was originally believed he could miss up to three months. However, the Mets are still going to be without their best pitcher for well over two months.

All-Star voting released…Michael Conforto missing from ballot

The MLB released the ballots for the All-Star game in July in Miami. One name that was left off that left many Met fans shocked was outfielder Michael Conforto. Conforto has arguably been the best, and only good, player for the Mets so far this season. The 24 year-old is batting .257 with 7 home runs and 18 RBI.

Among National League outfielders with at least 70 at-bats, he is one of the top ranked players. His batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage are second only to Bryce Harper.

Fans will still be able to write in Conforto’s name on the ballot. However, it comes as a slap in the face that he was left off. He will also likely miss out on many potential votes because voters that do not get to watch the Mets that often will not see his stats compared to other players on the ballot.

Links:

http://www.amazinavenue.com/2017/5/2/15508974/mets-all-star-ballot-conforto-bruce-cespedes-duda-darnaud

 

Can it get any worse? Syndergaard has torn lat

Noah Syndergaard left the game against the Nationals in the second inning after throwing a pinch and doubling over pain. He had just skipped a couple of starts due to bicep tendinitis, and it was clear he was not ready to pitch and rushed back too quick, as he gave up five runs in the first inning. Syndergaard refused an MRI before pitching on Sunday, a move that is now being heavily criticized.

Again, the incompetence of the Mets to mishandle injuries is mind-numbing. This is arguably the most important player on the team, a Cy Young contender, who is now going to be out, at the very least, 8 weeks (although there is no official timetable).

So now, the Mets are without their two most important players on the entire team. Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard because they rushed back from injuries when they were not ready and will now be out an extended period of time. This team is not good enough to lose their best pitcher and best hitter and be considered a contender to win the division. With Steven Matz STILL not back from injury, a Mets rotation that was considered to be the best in baseball, is now struggling to put respectable pitchers on the mound.

Links:

https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/04/30/noah-syndergaard-injury-new-york-mets

Mets season of hell continues

The 2017 season for the New York Mets has been the low point for the franchise in a long time (and that’s saying something). The Mets were beaten on Thursday by the Braves to fall to 7.5 games behind the Nationals, who they take on this weekend, in the NL East. The Mets have lost 10 of their last 11 and, in typical Mets fashion, certain circumstances cause frustrations with this team. Not mentioning this team cannot hit and has no heart, the amount of injuries on the roster is absurd.

Yesterday sums up the Mets franchise in my lifetime. Noah Syndergaard’s start was pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday. No big deal, but Gsellman gets lit up on Wednesday. Now, on Thursday, Matt Harvey shows up the ballpark thinking he isn’t pitching, now has to start because Noah Syndergaard got pushed back AGAIN. And Harvey gets lit up. Then, naturally, Yoenis Cespedes had to be helped off the field after re-aggravating his hamstring injury after trying to rush back. So not only does this team stink right now, they are going to be without their two best players for an extended period of time. How the Mets have not fired their training staff after 10 years of constant injuries and poor decisions on the health of their franchise players in mindblowing.

This team is in need of a dire shake up. The team has no fight, no heart. Whether there is a firing or bringing up top prospects Amed Rosario and Dom Smith, something has to be done immediately. The way the Mets have been playing they will get swept by the Nationals and be over TEN games back. You can kiss the division title goodbye because no way the Mets catch this good of a Nationals team.

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No links or sources for this one. Just my frustrations and anger with this pathetic franchise.

Injury bug hits the Mets…again

Over the weekend, the Mets lineup picked up several injuries in a short period of time. In less than three days Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores were put on the Disabled List, Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera went down in with hurt hamstrings, Travis d’Arnaud has a wrist contusion and Jacob deGrom missed his scheduled start with a stiff neck. This does not include the other key Mets that were hurt before the season even started (David Wright, Seth Lugo, and Steven Matz).

Of course the injuries came just in time for a three-game series with their biggest division rival, the Washington Nationals. The Mets and their fans have grown accustomed to having to deal with injuries. Here is what they had to deal with last year compared to just 18 games this year:

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Links:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-mets-have-so-many-injuries-that-they-could-nearly-field-a-team-of-hurt-players/

 

Jay Bruce starting to get comfortable in N.Y.

Jay Bruce got off to a rough start in New York after the Mets traded for him at the trade deadline last August. At the time of the trade, Bruce was statistically one of the best hitters in baseball leading the MLB in home runs, 25, and RBIs, 80. He struggled after the trade, only hitting eight home runs with 19 RBI in 50 games. The New York crowd and media got on him quickly; something he was not accustomed to playing in the smaller market of Cincinnati.

It was reported that Bruce felt uncomfortable in the hostile environment that is New York fans and that the Mets were looking to trade him in the offseason. After not getting a good enough offer, the Mets decided to hold on to him, and it’s paying dividends.

With six homers and 14 RBI 14 games, he’s one of the only hitters in the Mets’ everyday lineup that they can rely on. Tonight against the Phillies, Bruce homered twice and drove in all five runs as the Mets won 5-4. He is warming up to New York and the fans are warming up to him. After his second home run that put the Mets ahead, Bruce came out for a curtain call after being egged on by the home crowd.

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Jay Bruce Slams Two Home Runs As Mets End Four Game Skid

Familia’s absence hurting the Mets

The Mets are feeling the pain of the absence of their All-Star closer Jeurys Familia. Familia has been suspended for the first 15 games of the regular season due to a domestic issue in the offseason.

The team has been using a wide range of pitchers out of the bullpen in order to fill the temporary void left by Familia. It has not helped that the starters have yet to go deep into games along with three extra inning games already. Even though the starters have not pitched deeper in the games, they have been dominant. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey combined for a 1 .89 ERA over 19 innings. The bullpen blew all three of their starts in the late innings against the Marlins: Josh Edgin on Friday, Fernando Salas on Saturday and Addison Reed on Sunday.

The bullpen has been mismanaged and overused already in this young season. Salas, Jerry Blevins and Hansel Robles have already appeared in eight games with Reed appearing in 7. With Familia returning tomorrow, the Mets and their fans can be nothing but relieved.

Link:

http://nypost.com/2017/04/16/mets-biggest-worries-ranked-starting-with-disastrous-bullpen/

Tempers flare in Mets-Phillies game

In the top of the eighth inning in a 2-2 ballgame, Phillies’ pitcher Edubray Ramos threw a 96 m.p.h. fastball over the head of Mets’ batter Asdrubal Cabrera. The shortstop started down Ramos while saying a few choice words for the reliever. Both benches were warned after the incident.

To understand why this happened, you would have to go back to September 22 of last season. The Mets were in the heat of a playoff race and were down two runs in the eleventh inning when Cabrera hit a three-run walk-off home run off Ramos. Cabrera tossed the bat into the air and raised his arms high.

Ramos apparently did not forget about that. But Cabrera did; he told reporters after the game he didn’t realize he hit the home run against Ramos. However, Cabrera and the Mets got the last laugh. Ramos walked Cabrera later in the at-bat and one batter later, Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run that turned out to be the difference in the ballgame.

Tebow hits second homer in 3 games

Tim Tebow hit his second home run in his first professional series as a baseball player. Tebow is currently playing with the New York Mets’ Class A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.

The former Heisman Trophy winner’s first home run in the Fireflies’ season opener on Thursday went viral along with his second one. Tebow ended the series against the Augusta GreenJackets 3-for-13 with five RBIs. All five RBIs coming from via the long ball.

Link:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19120412/tim-tebow-hits-second-home-run-3-games-columbia-fireflies