8/29/15

August 29th 2015 -- Red Sox 3, Mets 1

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Saturday at Citi Field, the Red Sox broke through with 2 runs off Jacob deGrom in the top of the 6th inning. They go on to beat the Mets 3-1.  The Mets have now dropped 2 straight and 5 in a row at Citi Field. deGrom had a perfect game going into the 5th when Brock Holt singled to break that up. In the 6th Mookie Betts singled and went to 2nd on a wild pitch. Pablo Sandoval then doubled over Yoenis Cespedes’ head in center to make it 1-0.  Later with 1st and 3rd Holt’s fielder’s choice brought home the Panda for a 2-0 lead.  In the 7th Hansel Robles came on and yielded a home run to Betts his 12th on the year to make it 3-0 Red Sox.  Joe Kelly was masterful. The Mets scored their only run off him in the 7th.  Kelly Johnson singled to left. Juan Uribe followed with a double over Betts head in center to scored Kelly and it was 3-1.  deGrom pitched great until he tired in the 6th. He tossed 109 pitches striking out 10 allowing 4 hits and the 2 earned runs. He walked 2.  He takes the loss falling to 12-7. Hansel Robles pitched the 7th; Eric O’Flaherty pitched a scoreless 8th. With the Met bullpen really short, Bartolo Colon made his first relief appearance since 2011 in the 9th. It was his 7th career relief outing. Kelly went 7 1/3 allowing 5 hits the 1 run (earned) walking 1 and striking out 2. He nabs the win improving to 8-6. Jean Machi picked up his 3rd save.The Met offense was quiet. Curtis Granderson and Juan Uribe led the way with 2 hits apiece. With the loss the Mets fall to 71-58 on the season and 42-23 at home. The Nats play tonight, as of Now the Mets are 6 games ahead in the NL East, that will swing a ½ game either way pending on the Nats/Marlins outcome. Sunday afternoon the Mets look to salvage the last game of the series.  Noah Syndergaard (8-6 3.19) goes for the Mets, Wade Miley (10-10 4.51) goes for Beantown.
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Three B-Mets Named Postseason All-Stars

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Shortstop Gavin Cecchini, utility fielder Josh Rodriguez and starting pitcher Michael Fulmer have been recognized by the Eastern League as 2015 Postseason All-Stars. Each season, the league acknowledges the top players at every position. Binghamton’s trio matches a franchise record for the most members of a single postseason All-Star team.

In his first full season at Double-A, Cecchini, 21, earned a clean sweep of All-Star Awards. After representing the B-Mets at the All-Star Classic in Portland, the Louisiana native closed out a spectacular stretch in July on his way to the Player of the Month award. Over 29 games in the month, Cecchini recorded a career-high 48 hits, batted .387 and compiled a .532 slugging percentage. Overall, Cecchini ranks second in the league with a .317 batting average.

Rodriguez, 30, was recognized as the top utility player in the league. Logging time at six positions, Rodriguez has posted a .281 batting average, launched a team-best 19 home runs and driven in 73 runs. Rodriguez, who was also a Mid-Season All-Star, leads the league with a .503 slugging percentage. The Houston, Texan belted his 100th professional home run on Wednesday and sits 11 hits shy of 1,000 in his career. Rodriguez last made a Postseason All-Star Team in 2007 when he was a Kinston Indian (High-A).

Fulmer, 22, currently pitches for the Erie SeaWolves, but did most of the work to earn his Postseason All-Star nod with the B-Mets. Over 15 starts with Binghamton, the righty from Oklahoma went 6-2, compiled a 1.88 ERA and struck out 83 over 86.0 innings. Tabbed as the best right-handed starting pitcher in the league in 2015, he was traded from the Mets to the Detroit Tigers on July 31. In his final nine starts with Binghamton he put together a 0.68 ERA.
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ROSTER MOVES - Brooklyn

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Please be advised of the following Sand Gnats roster move:

8/28 - Oswald Caraballo was transferred to the Brooklyn Cyclones.
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CLAIMED RELIEVER- RP - LHP Marc Rzepczynski

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The Mets claimed LHRP Marc Rzepczynski from the San Diego Padres
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Cecchini Named League Rookie of the Year

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Binghamton Mets shortstop Gavin Cecchini has been recognized by the Eastern League as the 2015 Rookie of the Year. In 109 games, the Louisiana native has compiled a .317 batting average, collected 26 doubles and scored 64 runs, owning the team lead in each category.

In his first full season at Double-A, Cecchini, 21, also earned a clean sweep of All-Star nominations as he was named to the Mid-Season and Postseason teams. After representing the B-Mets at the All-Star Classic in Portland, the Louisiana native closed out a spectacular stretch in July on his way to the Player of the Month award. Over 29 games in the month, Cecchini recorded a career-high 48 hits, batted .387 and compiled a .532 slugging percentage.

Cecchini has recorded a team-best 38 multiple-hit games, including seven performances of four hits or more. He set a career-high by going 5-for-6 against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on July 30.

Selected by the New York Mets in the 1st round as the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Cecchini got brief taste of Double-A last year. He made one regular season appearance with the B-Mets in September before making the postseason roster. He sprinted home from second base in Game 3 of the Eastern League Championship Series on Jayce Boyd’s walk-off double, plating the game-winning run to clinch Binghamton’s first title in 20 years.

Cecchini is the third Binghamton Met to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Bobby Jones earned the award in 1992, while Paul Wilson took home the trophy in 1995.
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Reese Kaplan -- Early Mets Award Winners

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With the Mets expanding their lead on the 2nd place Washington Nationals, it got me to thinking about the traditional baseball awards and how they would apply to the current roster of Mets players.  Let's look at the contenders for each of the three major awards:

Cy Young


  • Jacob de Grom – The reigning Rookie of the Year is coming out from behind Matt Harvey’s shadow to show dominance few in the majors can match.  He earned his All-Star selection this year with a 12-6 record, a 2.29 ERA (which ballooned recently from under 2.00 his last start when he was ill), striking out over a batter per inning pitched, featuring a better than 5:1 K to BB ratio and a miniscule WHIP of 0.94. 

  • Matt Harvey – Though at times he struggled to achieve the same dominance he did prior to his surgery, if Jacob de Grom was not on this team, all anyone would be trumpeting was the job he’s done as a starter this year.  He’s got an 11-7 record (which would be better had the batters supported him a bit more in his starts), just under 1 K per IP, a 2.57 ERA and a WHIP of 1.01.  Wow.  If not for his teammate, he would be a shoo-in. 


MVP


  • Yoenis Cespedes – His production upon arrival has been nothing short of spectacular.  In a Mets uniform he’s batting .311 with 7 HRs and 21 RBIs in just 23 games.  He’s even contributed with 4 SBs and some throwing gems from the outfield.  The question is can you grant an award on less than a month of production?

  • Jeurys Familia – Where would this team be without his steadying presence in the 9th inning?  He has provided 61 IP of stellar relief, with over a strikeout per inning pitched, a better than 4:1 K to BB ratio, a 1.75 ERA and thus far 34 saves.  Opposing batters are hitting under .200 against him.

  • Curtis Granderson – The first big free agent acquisition did not look like a good one for Sandy Alderson, but after a year of adjustment he’s rebounded to provide a .254 AVG, 22 HRs, 55 RBIs and a nice .348 OBP while batting leadoff.  He still struggles mightily against LHP, but the presence of Michael Cuddyer and Juan Lagares on the roster give Terry Collins some flexibility when to sit Granderson. 

  • Lucas Duda – He’s been awfully streaky when healthy, and despite having about 60 fewer ABs than Granderson, his numbers are very similar -- .247/21/58.  His issue this year has been the Ks – 124 and counting. 


Rookie of the Year


  • Michael Conforto – Like Cespedes, he has not had enough time here to warrant serious consideration.  However, his audition this year helped inject some pop into a heretofore pathetic offense.  He’s acquitted himself well and seems to be on an upward trend after some early struggles.  He sports a .271 AVG with 3 HRs and 12 RBIs over a 24 game major league career – not quite Cespedes numbers, but certainly encouraging for a rookie who jumped from AA ball to the majors.  

  • Noah Syndergaard – The man they call Thor has shown flashes of the ability that had scouts drooling all the since A ball.  His numbers are indeed impressive – 8-6 record, 3.19 ERA, a tidy 1.14 WHIP and 126 strikeouts in 116 IP. 

  • Sean Gilmartin – Don’t laugh, but this Rule V choice has quietly had a very successful rookie campaign as one of the long men out of the pen.  He’s currently appeared in 39 games after transitioning from his career in the minors as a starter.  He’s got a 3-1 record, a 2.34 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Though not a power pitcher, he’s still striking out nearly a batter per inning and featuring a nearly 3:1 K to BB ratio. 

  • Steve Matz – He certainly showed what kind of talent he has before the lat muscle took him out of contention. 


Who’s on your slate?  Here’s mine:


  • Cy Young – Jacob de Grom in a landslide
  • MVP – Jeurys Familia over Granderson and Cespedes
  • Rookie of the Year –Noah Syndergaard by a hair over Sean Gilmartin


The first two shouldn’t generate much debate but mentioning Gilmartin in the same breath as Syndergaard surely will.  My reasoning is that he’s been here since day one, he’s been in nearly twice as many games as has Syndergaard, he’s producing greater consistency when he takes the mound.  Now if you ask me who I’d want if I was drafting a team for the future, then the nod goes to Thor but on the basis of this year alone Gilmartin deserves nearly equal consideration. 

Who are your picks?
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Mack’s Morning Report – 8-29-15 – WAR, Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Bartolo Colon

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Good morning.

John Larue http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-young-and-the-restless/ featured a great story on The Hardball Times about certain teams that had significant WAR –

While none will reach the Hall of Fame, beginning in 1985, the Mets found abundant WAR from Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden, Lenny Dykstra, Sid Fernandez, Ron Darling and David Cone, some of the best young talent ever collected by a single franchise.



Bryce Harper said –

 "I really don't care. If we don't win it doesn't matter. If something happens and we don't make it, it doesn't matter."

Mack – I really don’t care? AYFKM? Isn’t this the same guy that said earlier this year that he didn’t care what the Mets were doing? And, by the way… do you really want to play with someone on your team that ‘doesn’t matter’ whether your team makes the playoffs?

Look, I’m the first one to recognize Harper’s talent, but this guy so represents the Nationals arrogance we have all had to witness over this past off season. Let’s not forget the words of Jayson Werth while we’re at it.

I so hope the Nats are eliminated before the last series of the season at CitiField. Wouldn’t it be a hoot to play this team for something worth nuthin’.



I want to throw out the question as to whether or not the Mets should make a qualified offer to Daniel Murphy for the 2016 season. Yeah, I know he can be a real knucklehead sometimes on the field, regardless of what position he is playing, but I have to tell you, I’m going to miss his clutch bat. I really like what I’m seeing currently in the 2015 Mets and Murphy is one of those dugout/clubhouse leaders that have helped create this mental turnaround. Add that to the fact that he has always wielded a timely bat (and you just know there will be early injuries next year on this team), I’m just not sure if the Mets should let this guy go.

Thoughts?




Bartolo Colon will spend the next few weeks basically auditioning for a spot on the postseason roster. The team has not ruled out using him in a late-inning relief role, but is leaving open the possibility of excluding him entirely.

          Mack – According to Martino, the Mets are starting to formulate in their mind who is going to be on their 25-man playoff roster. That makes sense at this point in the season.

There should be 11 pitches on the 2016 roster and any one of them could be Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Noah Sundergaard, Steven Matz, Dario Alvarez, Vic Black, Tyler Clippard, Jeurys Familia, Sean Gilmartin, Erik Goeddel, Eric O’Flaherty, Hansel Robles, Carlos Torres, and Logan Verrett.

That’s 16 pitchers and, in my book, only deGrom and Harvey have locked up a rotation spot at this point.


It seems to me that Syndergaard and Niese’s next outing may be the most important they throw this season and could also help determine the fate of Colon.
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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 8-28-15

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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 8-28-15


STAR OF THE DAY: Matt Koch, Luis Ortega, Milton Ramos, Vicente Lupo



HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin Kaczmarski, Bingo relievers


 SCORES:


Las Vegas (74-60) 1 - Round Rock 4

Binghamton  (72-59) 1 - New Hampshire 0, 11 innings


St Lucie (64-64) 2 - Palm Beach 5

Savannah (78-49) 6 - Asheville 4


Brooklyn (30-35) 2 - Aberdeen 5

Kingsport(37-27) 9 - Elizabethton 6, 10 innings

GCL Mets  (27-32) 2 - Nationals 5




Now Here's the Scoop:

Las Vegas hoped Seth Lugo could replicate his outstanding prior start. Not quite, as he allowed 3 runs in 5.1 innings, but did strike out 8. That gives him 20 Is over his last 12 innings, highly impressive.

 Darrell Ceciliani (.345) had  2 doubles (19 in 250 PAs), and Plawecki hit his 1st Vegas homer of 2015 in 81 at bats. 

EY Jr was 0-3 (.176), and Vic Black (8.18) remains wishful thinking, allowing 3 walks and a hit in .2 IP. Matt Reynolds had his 28th double in 108 games.


Binghamton hoped Matt Koch (4-8, 3.76) could pick up the team with a strong outing. And he certainly did, with 7 shutout innings. Four shutout relief innings later, the B Mets manufactured a run with a Jared King sac fly and won 1-0 in 11.



St Lucie started Scarlyn Reyes tonight. Reyes was 12-5, 3.44 coming in for 2015. Turning 26 in December, he would like to go out with a flourish this year and have the brass believing he can rock and roll in 2016. Reyes was not on his game, however, and lost 5-2. Dominic Smith was 2-3, with his 33rd double.


 
Savannah's S
teamrollers came in an amazing 37 games over .500 in their last 103 games. Josh Prevost hoped to keep the good times rolling. Vinnie the Loop (a/k/a Vicente Lipo) hit a 4th inning grand slam andxSavannah sailed to a 6-4 win. Three hits for the rejuvenated Jonathan Johnson. 

Prevost allowed 3 runs in 7 innings, on 3 solo shots...but won.


Brooklyn, just 16-29 in their last 45 games, hoped to stoke the lumber and mimic the Mets parent club's offense this final stretch of several games.Can they get hot and make a playoff run? Nope.  Villasmil was sharp, but lost as the Clones (.215) managed 4 hits.

PJ Conlon struck out 2 to keep his ERA at 0.00 heading into the last week of the season. Wow.


Kingsport's Nabil Crismatt (6-1, 2.41) hoped to continue to pitch his way onto Met fan's radar. He was OK, except for those 3 homers allowed. Trailing 6-3 going into the 8th, Kingsport score 3 in the 8th and 9th to tie, and broke it open in the 10th with 3 bases loaded BBs. Milton Ramos (.307) cracked the .300 plateau with 4 hits, and the K 


Mets (hitting .268) had 16 hits and 7 walks. Luis Ortega (.290) was 3-5, 3 RBIs, including an 8th inning 2 run homer. Kaczmarski homered to tie it in the 9th. Love this hitting team.


GCL Mets roll into their final 3 games, a day after inflicting a 13-3 drubbing. Jose Medina allowed just 1 earned run in 6 innings, but it is hard to win when your team makes 4 errors.


Grigorix Estevez allowed 3 runs in relief to take the loss.


GOAT: Cyclone hitters, Vic Black
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8/28/15

August 28th 2015 -- Red Sox 6, Mets 4 (10 Innings)

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Friday night at Citi Field the Red Sox scored 3 times in the top of the 10th inning breaking a 3 all tie as they beat the Mets 6-4.  It was Harvey night, and for the first 6 innings the Mets were coasting. The Amazins took a 1-0 lead in the 4th. Wilmer Flores doubled to left and Travis d’Arnaud followed with an RBI single to bring him home. In the 5th David Wright singled. Michael Cuddyer followed with a single that went under the glove of Rusney Castillo in right allowing Wright to come home from 1st for a 2-0 lead.  Harvey went 6 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8.  Logan Verrett came on in the 7th and had his 1st misstep of 2015. David Oritz connected for a solo blast, his 27th on the year to make it 2-1. Blake Swihart singled, stole 2nd and then Jackie Bradley Jr. homered, his 6th on the year for a 3-2 Boston lead.  In the bottom of the 7th Alexi Ogando couldn’t find the plate.  Yoenis Cespedes walked.  Wright singled. Cuddyer walked. Flores popped up to bring up Travis d’Arnaud who waked to bring in Cespedes and the game was tied at 3.  Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless 8th. Jeurys Familia pitched the 9th. In the 10th, Carlos Torres came on and yielded a homer by Swihart, his 6th to make it 4-3. Bradley Jr. singled. Mookie Betts doubled to make it 2nd and 3rd, Josh Rutledge brought home Bradley Jr. with a sac-fly. Xavier Bogaerts singled scoring Betts to cap the rally. The Mets had a rally in the bottom of the 10th. Junichi Tazawa issued 4 straight 2 out walks, the final walk to Granderson scoring Tejada to make it 6-4. Cespedes came up with 2 out and the tieing run on 2nd facing Craig Breslow and popped up to end the threat.  One night after being the hero, Torres takes the loss allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 2/3 of an inning.  He falls to 5-6. Tommy Layne gets the win he’s 1-1. Breslow picks up his 1st save. With the loss the Mets 8 game winning streak comes to an end. They stand at 71-57 on the year and 42-22 at home. The Nats lost to the Marlins Friday so the Mets still hold a 6 ½ game lead in the NL East. Saturday afternoon is game two of the series.  Jacob deGrom (12-6 2.29) goes for the Mets. Joe Kelly (7-6 5.18) goes for the Red Sox.
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Ernest Dove - Talking Eric Young Jr and the Mets 40 Man Roster Options

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  Hey, look who's back. Good old EY. In what seemed like a really quite move the Mets re-acquired the OBP base stealing EY JR to........well, possibly get on base and/or steal bases.

  After a previous stint on the Amazin's that included all kinds of social media arguments and hoopla (both online and within my own family) between those who wanted EY playing everyday, and those who wanted him barely playing at all, he is now back.  I am willing to admit that I myself was not a fan of EY Jr. playing everyday for the Mets, even though the team lacked a leadoff hitter.  I understood the need, and I understood his tendency at times to draw that important walk and add some spark to the entire team by running those bases.  But it just didn't seem right to have a player like EY play as an everyday left fielder on a major league roster.

  But 2015 is completely different.  And the role of EY Jr. can now truly be more defined and specific. He still is who he is.  In 77 major league at bats this year for the Atlanta Braves, he was hitting .169.  In 71 minor league games, EY has a .346 OBP and 24 stolen bases.  And after I remember a few rumblings and rumors out west about the Los Angeles Dodgers supposedly holding speed camps for their September run, the Mets themselves simply went back to the old well and brought up(back) some solid speed for the same reason.

  Its obviously been decided within the organization that Curtis Granderson is the leadoff hitter.  And he's been having a very solid bounce back year.  And he has even shown some flashes of speed at times throughout the year.  However, the stolen bases are still not coming in bunches with Grandy, or this entire team.  After showcasing speed close to this time last year, Juan Lagares is just showing to be himself in 2015, with his bat, his glove, or his quickness on the bases.  And for all the jokes about Murph pulling a Murph (ok, I'm one of them) I've also noticed that he is not stealing bases either.  Add in the guys like David Wright who I safely assume will not be testing pitchers by swiping many bags in September, and what this all means is that Mets can sure use that speed on the bench.

  We've had a little fun coming up with options, which include the curious case of actual 40 man roster spot having Wilfredo Tovar, and the outside the box thinking guy of St. Lucie struggling offensively outfielder Champ Stuart.  However, the Mets have continued to leave Tovar down on the farm the entire season, and with the additions of those major league hitters right before the deadline, the Mets now truly find themselves to no longer be in a position to cut too many guys of their current 40 man.  However, I can possibly try to put in my 2 cents on the subject and take a looksy at what's doin on that roster right now.

  For me, it seems a no brainer to have Eric Young Jr. on the roster come September.  Regardless of major league stats the fact remains that EY Jr. has been a major league player, has major league experience, and still has some major league speed. However, he is currently not on the 40 man roster.  So, where do the Mets start to go here?

  In no particular order, I've put together a list of pitchers and hitters on the 40 man roster who may contribute to the Mets playoff push, add a tool here or there to the roster during the stretch, and also possible some who may not be around for the ride.

Wilfredo Tovar

Mr. Tovar appears to be in a tough situation here. It seems like he's been on the 40 man roster forever, and yet during this entire season filled with injuries and poor defense the young man has yet to crack the 25 man during the 2015 season.  So perhaps its obviously all about the perception that he simply can't hit major league pitching.  Well, right now what if I told you that he was hitting .424 in his last 10 AAA level games?  Yup, its the PCL where everyone can seem to hit.  But that does still kinda sound impressive.  He also has just 40 strikeouts in 357 at bats at the level.  I've tried to play expert evaluator and insider with this guy to figure out the reasoning behind the long stay on the 40 man for the slick fielding shortstop.  I've come up with my own theories about possible need at the minor league level, especially in the crazy environment on Vegas, to have an above average fielder around.  I've also thought about the idea of Mets possibly just having him here in case of an emergency which would specifically involve the health of Ruben Tejada, who despite the improved play of Wilmer Flores is still far and away the only true legit shortstop the Mets have on their 25 man roster. But we are now heading onto September. Ruben has had a pretty darn solid year.  Wilmer has started to improve. And there may no longer be a need for Tovar on the 40 man roster much longer, especially when the Mets will finally have to make a decision also on a guy like Matt Reynolds going into the off season.

Dario Alvarez

Well, here comes Mr. low A ball to majors himself.  Yes, he was pretty much awe struck during that first go around in the majors, but things have looked a lot different for him at the next highest level throughout the 2015 season.  In his last 10 appearances out in the dreaded PCL, he's pitched 8 2/3 innings.  He's given up 4 hits and has 16 strikeouts. Nobody is obviously hitting him during this time but its still worth noting the .143 BA against that lefties have off him during this time.  And stats in AA level are even more ridiculous with lefties hitting at a .111 clip down there.  However, Dario only made a cameo appearance for the Mets this year despite all the issues with needing a LOOGY and he couldn't even find his way into a game.  Perhaps one way or another Dario will be on the Mets come September-ish (Go 51's playoffs).  The Mets will have the opportunity to utilize Dario as a true LOOGY and ONLY pitch him one batter at a time regardless of situation, bullpen guys already used, and game schedule the rest of the way.

Vic Black

Well, seems like the PTBNL in the old Marlon Byrd to Pirates trade (I think it was him not Dilson) has had a strange couple of years with the ball club.  He has seemed to continue to show what perhaps has always shown during his professional career.  An ability to throw very hard, but also very wild.  Vic of course has joined the huge laundry list of arms with injuries on the Mets this year.  But what we can't forget is that Vic has long since been cleared for play and is now officially just another minor league ball player.  He could have been called up weeks ago but he has not.  In his last 10 games for Vegas, he has pitched 7 2/3 innings. He's given up 10 hits, 9 walks and 9 strikeouts.  So here's my thoughts on this.  The Mets seem VERY pleased with what they see in Dilson Herrera and his future with the team.  The Mets have seen more and more guys come into their own at the major league level pitching wise, including Hansel Robles and Logan Verrett, and their may be more arms either on the way, up the ladder and/or needed to be protected on the 40 man this coming offseason.  So, does Vic Black and his potential still have a place on this team?  And if not, would you use the 40 man spot right now to fill a spot during this stretch run?

Erik Goeddel

I admit (again) that I was one of the nay sayers with regards to this young man.  I questioned the Mets decision from the very beginning to keep him on the 40 man while giving up Logan Verrett.  But hey, I admit I was wrong (and look we have Verrett again anyway).  the LIVE ARM of Goeddel definitely looked pretty darn solid in the bullpen for the Mets.  And he now appears to pretty much ready to be fully cleared and ready to go for major league action come September.  I have no problem with Goeddel keeping his spot and helping this team out for the run.

Akeel Morris

Speaking of Dario, I mean Akeel, here's a guy whose life as an A ball to major league did not work out well.  I'm sure we can argue all day about the decisions made by Terry Collins, which include having Akeel make his debut against the middle of the Toronto Blue Jays order.  But it is what it is.  The organization called him up.  And Terry found a time to bring him in to help the team, because he was officially a major leaguer and not there to take up space in the bullpen bench.  But the nightmare is now over.  And after seeming to carry over that struggle back in the minors, Akeel has looked great again lately, In his last 10 outings, spanning 15 innings, he's given up 7 hits and has 15 strikeouts. However he's remained at the AA level.  So, come September, do the Mets really think that he can now handle major league hitters, during a playoff stretch run, having still not gone against AAA guys?  Either way, I clearly don't see the Mets clearing his 40 man spot at this point.

Eric O'Flaherty

 Oh O'Flahery.  the last minute pick up LOOGY has well......done the opposite of what a LOOGY would do.  Everyone has seemed to hit this guy.  Righties, Lefties, Switch hitters regardless of their strong side/weak side.  It hasn't mattered.  However, from the very first day he started out in Marlins Park (I was at the game) he hasn't really been put into his actual role.  His first appearance he induced a flyout from the opposing lefty to end an inning.  There you go, he did his job.  However, the Mets, while blowing out the Marlins at the time (let's not go back what happened in the 9th of that 8-1 game at the time) decided to bring him back out to face more guys (yes a lefty) to start the next inning. Well anyway September is coming, and more pitching help is on the way.  I guess we now argue all day about whether or not a Dario Alvarez, or even another farm hand lefty named Smoker could help the team in this specific role.  But again we are talking about AA ball guys vs a major league pitcher.  For me, the jury is still out on O'Flaherty.  If he happens to be released before this article even posts then I wont be disappointed (other than having wasted a paragraph and a few seconds of your time reading it).

Carlos Torres

  Oh Carlos...if you look up the phrase 'rubber arm' there's a picture of Carlos in it.  The 'older' AAA prospect who made good as a Met not too long ago is now showing signs possibly of wear and tear.  Many a fan has asked for his head in the past couple of months.  So what should the Mets do when September roles around and spots to accommodate guys like EY Jr., Goeddel, possibly Vic Black and others come?  A healthy return of Steven Matz and the ongoing need (IMO) of Bartolo Colon to eat innings means that the value of Carlos may truly be diminished during the stretch run.  So, should the Mets continue leave him and his 25-40 man spot in tact?  I for one would not be too distraught if he was not around.  I still love him as a player, and appreciate what he's done for this team during bad times, but I'm not sure there's a place for him come 2016, and unless the Mets quietly try to release a guy like Colon right before the playoffs, im not sure what kind of role Carlos can play these last couple of months.

Johnny Monell / Anthony Recker

  Well, long story short, who stays, who goes prior to September 1?  I'm pretty good with Math, but not very good with MLB Math and needs at every position on a 40 man roster.  From what I gather, I don't hear a lot of arguments of those in favor of carrying 4 catchers on a 40 man roster.  Obviously the Mets are going strong with a primary catcher with a history of injuries, but they also now have a solid true hitting backup with Kevin Plawecki.  So again it comes down to Recker and Monell.  We can play the whole righty/lefty game.  We can play the veteran rookie game with these guys. We can argue the personal catcher thing between Recker and Colon.  We can also say that every time behind the backstop catching this pitching staff is another day of experience and knowledge that Recker has.  And that knowledge is extremely beneficial and vital.  I'm going with Recker, regardless of what happens with Colon going forward and into the playoffs.

Eric Campbell

  NO SOUP FOR YOU ?  What to do with the very versatile Campbell?  He can play a ton of positions in a pinch.  And he can, as a role player, come up with some big hits once in a while.  He no longer has to start....well......at all for the remainder of the season.  However, would you have him back come September and remain on the 40 man roster at the possible expense of somebody else?  With the additions of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, I'm just not sure there's a spot for Campbell on the 2015 Mets. So question is whether or not you risk exposing him to the waiver wire to free up a 40 man spot.  Well, does he make sense for the 2016 Mets?  Can he truly help the 2015 Mets?  For me, if a guy like Goeddel or EY Jr replace a guy like Campbell on the roster I will not shocked or disappointed. I do still consider Soup a major league caliber role player, and I hope he continues to earn a living playing the game of big league ball one way or the other.

Danny Muno

  well.......sigh.........Tom........sigh....... the good news is that Danny is still a switch hitter.  he also does have some speed and some pop........he also (despite the random playing time) did not really show much of any of his tools and ability at the major league level.  I guess I do feel like he might even be the first guy to lose his 40 man spot (unless Mets release O'Flaherty all together before that). I would wish Danny (and Tom) well.

Kirk and Darrell

Gotta lump them together.  One has more power.  They seem to have equal defensive ability.  One seems to spray the ball around more.  They both seem to look very overmatched at times vs major league pitching.  they are both lefties.  They can both of use to a team in September, but again its not about having the luxury of extra guys.  It's about a certain 40 man roster crunch and whether or not certain guys coming off non 40 man spots need to take the place of one or these guys.  In my humble opinion, as much as I love the scrappy Darrell, Kirk has hit some major bombs off of major league pitching.  And his streaks are of no concerns for a guy who will barely play anyway.  So, for me the edge goes to the guy who would more likely hit a rocket as a pinch hitter and possibly steal a game down the stretch for the Metsies.

I want sure whether to add him or not but I believe that prospect Gabriel Ynoa remains on the 40 man.  I certainly don't see him on the team participating come September, so it's more a question of his long term value on the team and willingness for team to expose him to waivers.  I'll just randomly state that Mets want him in the organization so perhaps his spot is secure.

Well, I guess that's it... .....you guys can please please please add any names like, come up with other thoughts, theories, ideas and strategies that might work.

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