Morning Report – July 26th - Playoffs, Joc Peterson, Wilmer Flores, CarGo, Minor Notes


(apologies for lack of the depth of the coverage the past few days,,, a good friend to the NY Giants, and my next door neighbor died from complications of a car accident on her was to Hilton Head. Got clipped by a 75-yr old going 15 miles over the speed limit. 

Anyway, back to sports…

Mets at the deadline: Tulo or CarGo?
Read more at http://throughthefencebaseball.com/mets-at-deadline-troy-tulowitzki-or-cargo/43575#7PiUYQM6eCbvAEF8.99

No, I don’t think we have a chance in making the 2014 playoffs but, WTF… why not give it a go, right.

For starts, the Mets needed to take three games (out of four) from Milwaukee. 

Someone forgot to tell this to Dillon Gee who had his second bad outing in a row. To do this they need to score more runs in the last six games they have played (nine), which is oddly equaled to the amount Milwaukee scored on Thursday night.

Last night was a wonderful come from behind victory that we just aren't used to seeing. These are the kind of games that usually wind up in a loss and a lot of bad press for Daniel Murphy, but it was Murph that began the three run rally that eventually led to the win.

The series is now split 1-1 and, the race continues.

+++ one more important thing +++

Last night you saw how a perfect lineup works. The problem is that the perfect lineup was three people. Yes, you can add Curtis Granderson before them, and the emergence of Travis d'Arnaud is now creating a 'perfect 5', but this is where it currently ends.

They are now 12 - 6 in their last 18 games

(I will update the race on Monday with win-loss records since the break and the following week's schedule for each team in the race)

For now, I’d like to see the Nats win every game left that they have scheduled against the Braves or Marlins. We only have a chance of being one wild card team that comes out of the NL EAST

Also, I’d like to see the Giants keeping pounding the Dodgers out of the race. They start a series at San Francisco that, if swept, could have us already lined up next to them

But none of this means nothing unless the Mets start winning in the 60-75% range and begin to pass some of the teams with better win-loss records in the books.

Speaking of the playoffs, hats need to be tipped to both Jacob deGrom and Bartolo Colon for keeping us in the peripherals of this thing we are still calling a race. Colon has us in a single handed win-win situation… win if we trade him for a SS or LF prospect and win if we keep him around for another great year out of him in 2015. You’re reading this on the 26th. There are five more trading days for Sandy and Company for find the last person they worked with in the Dodgers organization that it really doesn’t matter how good Joc Peterson is if he’s never going to play for them.

There’s no fair trades during the trading deadlines. There’s only trading for immediately need and the Bums need to stop throwing away well played games (with good bats) with piss poor late inning starter innings and inadequate middle relieving.

We have plenty of that… starting with Colon and ending with Montero and Familia in the pen.

I spent Thursday night trying to get caught up online and I see that Wilmer Flores is back. I can’t see any scenario where this ends well.  What happens if he hits .400+ for the first 20-30 at-bats back in Queens? Are you going to take the job away from Ruben Tejada who has done a decent job of rebounding this year? Let’s fact it, 2014 is Tejada’s year at shortstop and, as I have said before, I don’t see a happy ending for Flores… ever. I’m never going to understand this one.

My post regarding CarGo generated a lot of negative interest in him; however, Joel Sherman confirmed the following day that the Mets are interested in him. As I have said in the past, there are better outfielders out there, but they don’t become available in mid-season trades. I don’t expect this to go anywhere. In fact, I don’t expect much at all out of the Mets this and next week. This team is going to have to first begin to operate differently before I believe it.

My guess as of now… Colon and Dice-K will move on for some AA or A level prospects. That’s Sandy’s speed.

Minor Notes

SP Jose Medina has not been able to duplicate the kind of numbers he put up last year for the DSL Mets (2013: 12-starts, 2-0, 0.35, 2-ER in 52.0-IP). The 18-year old GCL pitcher gave up three more runs in four innings pitched on Thursday, raising his seasonal ERA to 7.16… we need to keep an eye on someone named Adonis Uceta. The 20-year old DSL-Mets starter has now started eight games, going 2-1, 1.48… remember July 24, 2014. It may be the day that CF Brandon Nimmo began to turn things around at the AA-level. He went 3-5, raising his AA-BA to .207…  Lucas Duda is on pace for 25 HRs, 35 2Bs, .492 slugging, and an .853 OPS this season… Wilmer Flores in 55 games for Las Vegas:  .323, 71-H, 13-HR, 57-RBI, 43-R... going into last night's game, Las Vegas SP Rafael Montero was 3-3, 3.95 in his last 10 starts... P Daisuke Matsuzaka shipped back to NYC for MRI on elbow... Las Vegas SP Darin Gorski fractured his foot and was replaced on the roster with SP Matt Bowman...


Mets Minor League Report: July 25, 2014


MMLR Player of the Day: Binghamton RHSP Greg Peavey.

Las Vegas (60- 48) slams Salt Lake (44-63) 11-6.

Rafael Montero is not yet back to his old self: 5.0 IP, 5 R, 6 H, (HR) BB, 6 K.
Miguel Socolovich: 1.0 IP, R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Ryan Reid: (W, 4-1) 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, K.
Chase Bradford: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB.
Gonzalez Germen: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB.

The middle of the 51’s lineup (#s 3-7) was awesome: 12-18, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 11 R.
Allan Dykstra: 4-4, HR, RBI, 3 R.
Andrew Brown: 2-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 3-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R.
Josh Satin: 2-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R.
Brandon Allen: 1-3, BB, 2 R.


Binghamton (62-43) trims Trenton (50-57) 6-1.

Greg Peavey: (W, 8-1) 8.0 IP, R, 5 H, BB, 7 K.
Jon Velasquez: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 3 K.
Brian Burgamy: 2-5, 2B, R.

T.J. Rivera: 2-4, RBI, R.
Darrell Ceciliani: 2-3, 2 RBI, R.


St. Lucie (57-42) @ Daytona (45-54) postponed - rain.

Augusta (49-54) trips Savannah (65-34) 5-2.

Ricky Knapp: (L, 4-6) 6.1 IP, 4R, 3 ER, 8 H, BB, 3 K.
Darwin Frias: 1.2 IP, R, 2 H, (HR) 0 BB, K.

Nelfi Zapata: 1-4, 3B, R.


Vermont (16-25) bests Brooklyn (19-22) 5-2.

Octavio Acosta: (L, 3-2) ) 5.0 IP, 4 R, 10 H, 2 BB, 3 K.
Edioglis Villasmil: 2.0 IP, R, 0 ER, H, 0 BB, 3 K.
Cameron Griffin: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, K.

Jhoan Urena: 1-3, 2B, BB, R.
Michael Conforto: 2-4, 2B, RBI.
Tyler Moore: 2-4, 2B, R.


Game 1: Burlington (15-18) nips Kingsport (16-17) 3-2 in 10 innings.

Yoryi Nuez: 4.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, BB, 3 K.
Ramon Estevez: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB.
Ruben Reyes: 1.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 2 K.
Bryce Beeler: (L, 1-1) 3.0 IP, R, H, 0 BB, 3 K. (Beeler asked to go 1 inning too many.)

Jean Rodriguez: 2-5, 2B.
Andrew Massie: 1-2, 2 BB, R.
Ivan Wilson: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI.


Game 2: Burlington (16-18) clips Kingsport (16-18) 7-2.

Andrew Church: (L, 1-4) 5.0 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 7 H, BB, 2 K.
Connor Buchmann: 1.0 IP, R, H, 2 BB.

Wuilmer Becerra: 2-3, R.


GCL Marlins (8-21) crush GCL Mets (16-15) 14-1. 

Adrian Almeida: (L, 2-2) 1.2 IP, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, K.
Kevin Canelon: 2.1 IP, R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K.
Tyler Badamo: 3.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, (HR) 0 BB, 3 K.
Dan Hermann: 0.2 IP, 4 R, 0 H, 3 BB.
Waldo Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, BB, 2 K.


Dionis Rodriguez, a .193 hitter, accounted for all the Mets‘ offense: 2-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R.

DSL Mets1 (24-23) top DSL Nationals (25-22) 6-4.

Ronald Guedez: (W, 4-2) 6.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, (HR) 3 BB, 3 K.
Juan Marte: 1.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, (HR) 2 BB, 2 K.
Aneury Olivo: (S, 4) 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, K.

Yeffry De Aza: 2-5, R.
Jose Medina: 3-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R.
Victor Moscote: 2--4, 2B, RBI, R.



DSL Tigers (31-16) overpower DSL Mets2 (20-27) 11-0.

Edgar Rodriguez: (L, 1-3) 4.0 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K.
Enmanuel Berihuete: 4.0 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, (2 HR) 0 BB, 4 K
Jose Moreno: 1.0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, (HR) 0 BB, K.

Miguel Patino: 2-3.



July 25th 2014 -- Mets 3, Brewers 2

Friday night in Milwaukee, trailing 2-0 in the top of the ninth, the Mets scored 3 times on 3 successive hits off Francisco Rodriguez. They Mets stun the Brewers with a come from behind 3-2 win.  The Mets were blanked for 8 innings by Yovani Gallardo and Will Smith. In the top of the 9th, Daniel Murphy who had committed a key error that led to the Brewers scoring,  doubled. David Wright then singled him home to make it 2-1. Then Lucas Duda hit the first pitch he saw from F-Rod over the wall in right to take the lead, for Duda his career high 17th homer and 2nd in two nights. Zach Wheeler started for the Mets and pitched great. He went 6 2/3 allowing 3 hits, 2 runs 1 earned walking 2 and striking out 9 He gets the no decision. The only earned run Wheeler allowed was a long solo homer by former Met Carlos Gomez, his 15th on the year. Carlos Torres gets the win in relief he’s now 5-4.  F-Rod takes the loss failing to 4-4.  Jenrry Mejia pitched the 9th and notched his 4th save on the road trip and his 14th on the year.   Murph had 2 errors on the night but also went 3 for 4 at the plate. Wright went 2 for 4.  The Mets now stand at 49-54 on the year and 24-31 on the road.  Saturday night it’s game three of the series. Jonathon Niese (5-5  3.13) goes for the Mets,  Wily Peralta (11-6  3.58) goes for the Brewers.

2015 Draft Profile - OF/2B - Jahmai Jones - Wesleyan (GA) HS - UPDATED 7-9-14


7-9-14 - B/R - 7. New York Mets Select Ga. HS SS/OF Jahmai Jones = Georgia prep star Jahmai Jones is committed to the University of North Carolina, but it would be a massive upset if he didn't end up in pro ball next summer. Jones has dabbled at shortstop and center field, though the latter is his best position at the next level. His arm strength doesn't play on the left side of the infield, but the speed and range will play just fine in the outfield. Offensively, Jones has a lot of wiggle in his swing. He's got a high leg kick and shifts his weight from the front to the back before committing. It's going to cause some problems against velocity, but the bat speed is tremendous, the wrist strength is very good and the raw power is above-average. If he can quiet down some of the loudness in that swing, the bat's potential is huge. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2

7-3-14 - For such a high-profile pro baseball prospect, there sure is a strong football presence in the family of 2015 prep Jahmai Jones.
His father Andre played at Notre Dame before getting drafted into the NFL, and so did brother T.J., who suited up for the Irish before getting picked this year by the Detroit Lions. Then there’s Malachi, another sibling who’s about to enter his junior season with Appalachian State. And given Jahmai’s 6’0″, 215-pound frame, it’s easy to envision him lining up at — among other positions — running back on the collegiate level. However, that’s not what the future holds for the Wesleyan High (Ga.) stud who could be called a five-tool talent.

6-30-14  -  

6-28-14  -  

    PG  -  Jahmai Jones is a 2015 SS with a 6-0 205 lb. frame from Roswell, GA who attends Wesleyan HS. Strong live bodied athletic build. Right handed hitter, spread stance, busy hand load, swings hard and creates serious bat speed, can get long at times with some uppercut but showed game ability to make adjustments, ball comes off the barrel very hard, swing mechanics still raw and will have some swing/miss but has very high ceiling hitting tools. 6.62 runner, quick twitch fast feet, plays lighter and smaller than his size on defense, best position to be determined, arm strength and mechanics still developing, could blossom as either a second baseman or centerfielder. Plays with a high energy level and enjoys the game. Very young 2015 prospect. Elite athletic family background primarily in football. 

Wesleyan (GA) High School 6-0, 215 OF-2B Jahmai Jones represents one of the power bats in the 2015 draft.

Clocked at 6.6 for the 60 and is projected to remain in centerfield.

Sophomre stats:  .483, 9-HR, 14-doubles, 32-RBI


Binghamton Mets 2014 Game Notes


Binghamton Mets (61-43) at
Trenton Thunder (50-56)
(Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees)

RHP Matt Bowman (6-6, 3.48) vs. LHP Dan Camarena (0-3, 10.22)

Friday, July 25, 2014 - Game #105 - Road Game #52 - Arm & Hammer Park - Trenton, NJ - 7:05 PM 

LAST GAME: The Binghamton Mets gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 6-5 loss to the Trenton Thunder on Thursday night at Arm & Hammer Park. Jack Leathersich gave up three runs on four hits in the seventh.Brandon Nimmo finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. T.J. Rivera also managed three hits. Dilson Herrera tallied a hit in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. Tyler Pill started for the B-Mets and tied a season-high with nine strikeouts in six innings.

BINGHAMTON STARTERRHP Matt Bowman makes his 16th start of the season and second straight against Trenton. In that last outing, the righty gave up five runs (two earned) and six hits in 5.2 innings . He took the loss in a 6-1 Binghamton defeat on Saturday, July 19. The start was the first for Bowman with the B-Mets since making two starts with Las Vegas (AAA). The Chevy Chase, Maryland native went 1-0 and allowed three runs in 9.2 innings. He has the ninth lowest ERA in the league and the third highest strikeout/9 IP ratio. Bowman was taken by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2012 draft out of Princeton University.

TRENTON STARTERLHP Dan Camarena makes his fourth start with the Thunder and second straight against Binghamton. The southpaw took the loss on Sunday, July 20. He gave up five runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings in a 5-2 B-Met victory. Camarena also struck out seven batters in the defeat. The 21-year-old hasn’t gone more than 4.2 frames in any start with Trenton. He made his first 16 appearances of the season with Tampa (High-A). Camarena went 5-5 with 2.35 ERA in those games. The Bonita, California native was taken by the Yankees in the 20th round of the 2011 draft out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.

K’S FOR DAY: Thursday’s starters Tyler Pill and Luis Severino combined to strikeout 16 batters in the series opener. The nine K’s ties a season-high for Pill. He also struck out nine on June 19 against Richmond. Severino now has 13 strikeouts in two games with the Thunder. Both of those have come against Binghamton. The teams rank first and third in the league in that category.

DILSON’S DOZEN: Binghamton INF Dilson Herrera went 1-for-4 on Thursday to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. This comes on the heels of an11-game stretch earlier this month. He has a hit in 23 of the last 24 contests. The 20-year-old has tallied at least one hit in all but four of his outings since joining Binghamton on June 19 and has gone hitless just once in the month of July. Herrera’s  hitting .358 since the first of the month with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs.

ROAD WOES: Thursday’s loss dropped the B-Mets to 26-25 on the road. The team have lost three of the first four on this road trip. This comes after Binghamton had won four of their last five away from the Southern Tier. Despite the road problems the B-Mets have one of the best home records in the league at 35-18.

KEEPING THEM IN IT: Tyler Pill’s six inning outing on Thursday marked the 21st straight game that a B-Met starter has gone at least five frames. That’s every game but one in the month of July.

CONTROLING THE LEADERBOARD: The B-Mets dominate the offensive numbers on the team leaderboard. The squad leads the league in home runs (99) and slugging percentage (.426). They are tied for first in runs with 540. Binghamton is also third in average with a .274 mark on the year. 

D-Whit - It Was 45 Years Ago Today...Friday July 25th 1969


July 25th 1969

New York was looking to bounce back from Thursday night’s loss in extras by sending Jerry Koosman to the hill. He came through with 7 solid innings but left trailing 3-1. Fortunes changed for the Mets in a three-run 8th highlighted by Art Shamsky’s double and reserve catcher J.C. Martin’s 2 run homer off Red fireman Clay Carroll, who took the loss.

The Mets gained a game on the division-leading Cubs. They lost to Claude Osteen and the Dodgers 4-2 earlier in the day at Chicago. The 2nd place Mets were now 5 back of the Northsiders.

D-Whit - It Was 45 Years Ago Today...Thursday July 24th 1969


This is the first entry in a short game-recap styled daily look back at the run 45 years ago that catapulted the 1969 "Miracles" Mets to World Series Champions. It begins right after the 1969 All-Star break as the Mets host a four game set vs the Reds. 

Contribute in the comments for each game any recollections, additional info., thoughts about that day's game, images or anything you want to add about the 1969 season or Miracle Mets.

July 24th 1969

Coming out of the All-Star break the 2nd place Mets (53-39) started the second half of the season hosting the Reds at Shea. Cincinnati came into the game 48-42, 4th in the NL West trailing the division leading Braves by 4 games. The Mets came into the contest 5 behind the Cubs in the NL East. 

It took 12 innings but Cincinnati defeated the Mets 4-3 via a solo HR by Tony Perez. The gopher ball was given up by Tug McGraw in his third inning of relief work. Starter Gary Gentry went nine strong whiffing eight Reds on the night. 

The loss dropped New York six back of the Cubs who won earlier in the day over the Dodgers 5-3.
Despite the loss the surprise Mets were in their first pennant race-a first for the perennial second-division dwelling Mets. Unfortunately after a promising first half the high-flying1969 New York Met would soon temporarily crash land.

Ernest Dove - WWED ---- What Would Ernest Do (with the Mets)


  So I've decided to promote myself to position of GM for the Mets. Ok, sure, I don't actually currently work for the organization. I have no experience as a GM, and I technically don't have any experience working in baseball, but that hasn't stopped any of us Monday-morning-QBs anyway, so here it goes.

  First order of business:  Trade Bartolo Colon.

  Raise your hand if you really truly were optimistic on this 40+ year old, $20+ million dollar man..... Go ahead, I'll wait.....
  Anyway, Mr. Colon has smelled pretty good in a Mets uniform this year.  Realistically, I don't any of us expected him to have another sub 3.00 ERA or anything, but I don't think anyone realized that he would continue to do exactly what my (yes, my) organization hoped he would do, which is to pitch in to the 7th/8th inning ever 5 days, and more often than not give us a chance to win.
  Of course, with that being said, I need him 'outta here' !!!! (Gary Cohen voice)........ I don't see Colon pitching in October, during a pennant race, for the New York Mets.  But I do see a couple of organizations betting on exactly that.  And so, I'm trading Colon to whoever will give me a prospect, I'm assuming AA ball or lower, in their top 20.

  Secondly, I'm cutting the fat (notice how I did that AFTER talking about Colon, and its not about Colon).
  I'm trading/releasing some or all of the following: 

Chris Young---I'm assuming nobody wants him, so the old DFA/release is utilized here.

Eric Young Jr--- hopefully assuming my organizations love for this guy has dimmed a bit
                           following the recent emergency of Grandy as a viable short term leadoff guy, I'm
                           trying to trade this 'sparkplug' to whoever needs a speed demon, 4th/5th OF type
                          guy, and maybe get some low A prospect or some other under 30 yr old looking for                           a chance for redemption.

Dice K----------has anyone noticed his Amazin season/comeback he has put together? Despite going
                         From starter, to reliever, to one time closer, to reliever, to starter, to reliever, he has
                         Still somehow managed to have his best ERA since 2008.  I'm trading him to
                         Somebody, who could better decide what to do with him, and get another low A
                         Potential kid.

Hefner/Torres-- As is the case with most of Mets overabundance is with their pitching.  And, I this
                          Case, we can't have everyone be the long relief man at the same time. I should find
                          Somebody willing to add Torres to their playoff pushing bullpen, or take the risk on
                          Hefner and give us some random PTBNL.

Abreu------------ Well, he gave it a good run for a couple of months.  He's still a guy who can make
                          Contact, and give you some walks and a randomly timely run scoring hit, but I
                         Don't think I can find a taker who will give me anything more then minor league
                          Roster filler, so back to that old DFA here.

Good old Murphy---- again, I'm bursting everyone bubble here, but my current ownership is not
                          Giving me $9-10 mil for em unless it means that Colon is gone, and CY contract
                           Money is NOT used on anyone else other then giving raises to players like Murphy
                           And Duda. I'm packaging Murphy and a prospect or two to try and find a OF or                                SS.

Kevin Plaweckij--strike while the iron is hot.....TDA, health willing, might spend the next 5-7 years putting up all star numbers from the catching position.  And since I'm counting on Duds, and thus not thinking outside the box and making Plawecki/TDA a first baseman, I'm packaging Plawecki (most likely with Murphy) In a deal for a starting SS or OF.

(I'm not even getting into the Flores thing.....I'm too upset for this guy...... hopefully he stays)

Who I'm making untouchable:

Noah Syndergaard-

  Say what you want about all the past 'never was'/ 'Generation K' guys who never made it.  I'm still putting some faith In a still 21 year old 97-98mph flamethrower who is still improving in his confidence with breaking stuff.

Zack Wheeler---

 We can argue all day about trade value, lack of consistent control, and 100 pitches thrown by the 6th inning.  Unlike a player such as Jenrry Mejia, Wheeler is still throwing a 'quality start' in these 6 innings, and he is now reportedly consistently hitting 95mph in the 5th-6th inning now, so I'll take my chances that he remains 'legit' and is starting in the 2015-2018 playoffs along side Harvey.


  Yes, Nimmo is currently hitting under .200 as of Thursday afternoon since jumping to the all important AA ball level.  But, you know what, we all know the story here.  Kid didn't even play for an actual high school, and his swing is still sweet, soooooooooo, go ask Dominic Smith about his 20-30 game start in Savannah, and check out what he's done since.

  As for Conforto, I'm not trading him (I think he can't technically be traded until July 2015) because he's a first round college pick who was assumable drafted to be paired with great pitching, and a veteran 2016 outfield, to bat lower in the order in their hopeful playoff push.

In quick note: I'm NOT trading Dilson Herrera, Steven Matz, or  Dom Smith... no further explanation.

Last, but not least, I'm praying for good pitching health---

 Right now, I'm not focusing on praying for hitters like TDA and Lagares to stay healthy.  I'm saving my prayers for the guys who can hopefully, and consistently, keep the opposing team under 3 runs most nights, and give this future offense a chance to at least muster 3-4 runs to win 60%+ of our games.

 I'm praying for Harvey's elbow...... and Familia's elbow.........and Mejia's elbow........and Parnell's elbow.....(wow, crazy time in baseball with elbows around the league).

Oh, and did I mention I'm switching managers.................................... good night everybody!. 

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