8/31/13

Mets Minor League Report – August 31

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MML Players of the Day - Aug. 31:    Savannah SP Luis Cessa and LF Stefan Sabol

At this time Las Vegas (80-61) leads Tucson (75-66) 8-5 after 7 innings.

Chris Schwinden doesn‘t get enough innings to qualify for a win: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 9 H, (HR) 0 BB, 4 K.

 

Ruben Tejada: 1-3, HR, RBI, R.

Mike Baxter: 2-2, 2B, 2 R.

Francisco Pena: 1-3, HR, RBI, R.

New Hampshire (67-71) @ Binghamton (85-54) postponed (rain).

Jupiter (68-68) @ St Lucie (70-60) postponed (rain).

 

Savannah (77-59) sweeps Greenville (49-87) second night in a row.

Game 1: Savannah trips Greenville 4-2.

Luis Cessa (W, 8-4) pitched a very strong complete game: 7.0 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K.

 

Stefan Sabol: 2-3, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI.

Cole Frenzel: 0-1, 2 BB, 2 R.

 

Game 2: Savannah tops Greenville 6-4.

Jake Kuebler (W, 3-6) picks up a win: 5.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K.

Beck Wheeler: (S, 19)  1.0 IP, R, 0 ER, H, BB, 2 K.

 

Eudy Pina: 2-3, 2 R.

Brandon Nimmo: 1-2, BB, 2 R.

Dilson Herrera: 1-3, 2 RBI, R.

Stefan Sabol: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI.

Aberdeen (36-32) blasts Brooklyn (37-34) 7-0.

 

Akeel Morris (L, 4-1) pitches another excellent game: 5.0 IP, R, 3 H, (HR) 2 BB, 7 K.  Giving up 1 run in 5 innings raises Akeel’s ERA to 1.00. But you can’t win if your team doesn’t score.

 

Tomas Nido: 1-3, 2B, RBI.

Alex Sanchez: 1-4, 2B, R.

 

Kingsport @ Greeneville - Game 1 of Appy League Playoffs postponed (rain).

 

 

 
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August 31st - Mets 11, Nationals 3

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August 31stSaturday Night at Nationals Park the Mets jumped all over Dan Haren  and built an early 8-0 lead while Zach Wheeler had another superior outing. The Mets win their 3rd straight with a 11-3 win over the Nationals.  The Mets got on the board first in the top of the 2nd inning courtesy of a 2 run double by Omar Quintanilla, in the 3rd they knocked Haren out of box scoring six times.  Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Matt Den Dekker  and Zach Wheeler all drove in runs in the inning. The 6 run frame capped on a 2 run single by Eric Young Jr. For Den Dekker the rbi single was his first major league hit. Daniel Murphy got his 7th hit in the past two games in the 8th as his double drove in Young from first.  Juan Legares capped the scoring with a 2 run single up the middle. As for Wheeler, business as usual, firing another solid effort. Zack went 6 2/3 he allowed 5 hits 2 runs (both earned) he walked 1 and struck out 3. He get s the win he’s now 7-3, his era falls to 3.36. The Nats managed their final run in the bottom of the 9th inning off Scott Atchison. Haren only lasted 2 2/3 and yielded  7 earned runs on 9 hits earning the loss. Haren falls to 8-12. The Met offense peppered the National staff for 17 hits. Eric Young Jr. Daniel Murphy,  Josh Satin and Juan Legares all had 3 hits apiece, Travis d’Arnaud and Quintanilla added 2 hits apiece in the rout.  Murphy is scorching hot. He’s now 11 for his last 20. The Mets are now .500 on the road improving to 34-34. Overall the Mets now stand at 62-72. Sunday night the Mets look for the sweep.  Jonathon Niese (6-6  3.69) is coming off  his 3 hit shutout, looks for his 7th win. Ross Ohlendorf  (3-0  2.49) goes for Washington. https://www.facebook.com/MetsForum
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Draft 14 – Cole Tucker, Sean Reid-Foley, Alex Jackson, Ryan Castellani, Bryan Dobzanski

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8-23-13 - Player:  Cole Tucker   Primary Position:  SS  Height/Weight:  6’3/175  Bats/Throws:  S/R Home Town:  Phoenix, AZ  School:  Mountain Pointe  Class of:  2014  Committed To:  Arizona  Scouting Notes: 2013 Tournament of Stars notes from Don Olsen: Cole is a tall thin frame with a good deal of projection, very little lower half development with long arms, hands and feet big for frame, could continue to grow.  He is a little noisy in the box from the left side, good bat speed, path with a bit of lift.  Cole has gap power and ability to turn on velocity.  Right side was a little more natural, path was similar, but more line drive path.  Both sides show the bat speed and patience, works the ball to all fields.  Cole displays above average to plus speed, could be a high doubles producing bat with developing power.  Plus arm strength with carry, moves around well, first step burst, lateral range to both sides.  His footwork around the bag is fluid, quality defensive player. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/08/22/2014-mlb-draft-profile-cole-tucker/

 

8-16-13 - 11th All-American Classic - Sean Reid-Foley | RHP | Sandalwood HS (Sandalwood, FL) - Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/208 pounds - B/T: R/R  Draft Day Age: 18 years, 9 months Commitment: Florida State - istory: Reid-Foley’s solid PG National showing in June kicked off his summer, and he quickly followed up that performance with a Tournament of Stars showing that earned him an invite to the USA Baseball 18U Team Trials beginning today in Fullerton, California. Two weeks ago the Florida State commit sparkled in a three-inning outing in Syracuse, New York during the East Coast Pro Showcase, easily carving through the outing sitting 92-94 mph and showing two future plus offerings in a low-80s slider and mid-80s changeup. His follow-up outing in Long Beach at the Area Code Games last week involved a step back, as he struggled to find consistency in his offerings and left some evaluators wondering whether he was running on empty after a long summer schedule. - Development: This past weekend in San Diego, Reid-Foley was once again dominant—this time in a one-inning showing during the Perfect Game All-American Classic. His fastball sat in the 92-94 mph range, touching 95, and his slider was back to flashing plus with hard bite and tilt. It was an important outing in front of a lot of high-level decision makers, particularly after struggling in front a lot of the same faces last week in Long Beach. Reid-Foley has raised his stock greatly this summer and should enter the spring as one of the top righty arms in the class.  http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21537

 

8-13-13 - The Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego - Rancho Bernardo’s Alex Jackson. Jackson was a bit more inconsistent over the weekend, but if you had to ask me which player I like better now, I’d take Jackson. He’s not a catcher, but he’s got the athleticism and arm strength to be a very good rightfielder, and the bat will certainly play there with plus bat speed and above-average power. There may not be as much upside in Jackson, but I think the overall package is just a little better. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2013/08/thoughts-on-perfect-game-all-american-classic/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 28. Ryan Castellani, RHP, Brophy Prep HS (AZ) - The 6’-4”, 200-pound right-hander has an advanced feel for the mound and can dial his fastball up to 92 mph with late, downward life. He adds a mid-70s curve and a change-up that sits in the 79-83 mph range and both project to above-average pitches down the road. He has good command of his stuff and there is still room for projection due to his size and easy mechanics. Committed to UCLA. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99

 

2013 East Coast Pro Showcase Top 50 Prospects    - 24. Bryan Dobzanski – RHP, Delsea Regional (NJ) - 6’4, 225 RHP sat 91-93. All state wrestler who has big time potential on the mound. http://www.ninebaseball.org/Wordpress/sullys-top-50-ecp-prospects/

 
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Binghamton Mets 2013 Game Notes

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Binghamton Mets (85-54) vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (67-71) (Double-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)

RHP Greg Peavey (2-2, 3.00) vs. RHP Marcus Walden (6-13, 3.74)

Saturday, August 31, 2013 • Game #140 • Home Game #71

NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 7:05 PM

LAST GAME: The B-Mets shut out the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 3-0 in the first game of a four-game series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Darin Gorski only gave up two hits and faced one over the minimum in seven shutout frames. He struck out five and picked up his sixth win of the season. Offensively, Binghamton packed all of their offense into the sixth. With runners at second and third, Deck McGuire sent an intentional ball to the backstop allowing Binghamton to score their first run. Travis Taijeron followed with the B-Mets’ first hit of the game, a two-run double down the left field line. Frank Francisco and Jeff Walters each threw a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the shutout.

BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Greg Peavey makes his sixth start of the season for the B-Mets and first against New Hampshire. He lost his last start after allowing six runs in six innings against the Akron Aeros. The righty has thrown exactly 6.0 innings in each of his last four starts. In 33.0 innings, Peavey has 24 strikeouts and has posted a .229 batting average against. Peavey began the 2013 season with Las Vegas (AAA), and threw 38 games out of their bullpen. He went  4-3 with a 6.00 ERA during his time in the Pacific Coast League. In 2012, Peavey went 9-8 with a 5.06 ERA as a member of the B-Met starting rotation. Against New Hampshire, Peavey went 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts. The Mets drafted the righty in the sixth round of the 2010 raft out of Oregon State University.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: RHP Marcus Walden  makes his 26th start of the season for the Fisher Cats and third against the B-Mets. Walden has lost four straight decisions, and has only one win since June 23. He got a no-decision in his last start on August 26 against Portland. He allowed five runs over 6.2 innings in a game Portland would win, 10-5. In 156.1 innings pitched, he has 87 strikeouts and a .285 batting average against. He was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 9th round of the 2007 draft out of Fresno City College.

FRANCHISE RECORD: The 2013 Binghamton Mets have a franchise record 85 wins. Their previous high was 82 victories, set in 1994, 1998, and 2000. The B-Mets have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2004, and clinched the regular season division title for the first time since 2000.

TWO HITS? NO PROBLEM: Last night was the first B-Met win with two hits or fewer since July 13,2012 when Binghamton beat Erie, 2-0. This season the B-Mets have six wins when they have tallied fewer than five base hits.

SHUT OUT: Last night’s win was the 13th shutout victory for the B-Mets this season, and third against the Fisher Cats. They are 13-7 in shutouts, and have the third-most shutouts in the Eastern League.

 

 

WALTERS NOTCHES ANOTHER SAVE: Jeff Walters threw a scoreless ninth inning last night to pick up his 38th save of the season. He is 38-42 in save chances, and hold the Binghamton franchise record in saves. He has 12 more saves than anybody else in the league, and is ranked second in Eastern League history in saves in one season. Bryce Stentz recorded 43 saves for New Britain in 1998.

AUGUST WINS: Binghamton has 18 wins in August, which is the most in the Eastern League. Their best month came in June, when the team won 20 games. 18 victories are tied for the third-highest win total in August in franchise history. Binghamton has five shutouts in August.

AGAINST THE FISHER CATS: Saturday night will be the 18th game of the season against New Hampshire. Binghamton is 10-7 against them. Binghamton has scored at least 14 runs three different times this season against the Double-A Blue Jays.

NEXT GAME PREVIEW: Binghamton continues the final series of the regular season on Sunday night against the Fisher Cats. First pitch is at 6:35 PM from NYSEG Stadium. That will be the final night game of the regular season.

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Draft 14 - An Early Look At: Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS (CA)

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39th RHP  -  Grant Hockin

 

6-13-13  -  22. Baltimore Orioles — Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS (CA) - Hockin is an athletic 6’-4” right-hander whose fastball has touched 95 mph with late life. He also adds two solid secondary offerings in a curveball and change-up and he locates his pitches well. He repeats his delivery well and still has some projection left. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/06/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present-2513748.html?currentSplittedPage=2

 

7-15-13 – 2013 Tournament of Stars notes from Don Olsen:  - Grant Hockin is a highly projectable with a loose arm and present arm speed.  He has a nice frame, little sloped narrowness to it similar to Trevor Williams at the same age, looks to fill out similarly as well. FB was 87-90 (91) mph and showed solid command with the a little ability to work it and change eye levels, something to monitor as he progresses.  His 2S was 87-89 showed run with enough tail to drop in on the RHH and away from the LHH. His curve, 80-81 mph, had good average depth and rotation on it to project.  The CH showed a bit of fade at 78-79 mph, providing a third offering that projects.  Good three pitch mix with arm speed. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/07/15/2014-mlb-draft-profile-grant-hockin/

 

8-2-13  -  Elite Baseball ‏@EliteBaseball  - Grant Hockin  Futures Game RHP is Legit! pic.twitter.com/nw73yj8xyK

 

8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 38. Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS (CA) - Hockin is an athletic 6’-2” right-hander whose fastball has touched 95 mph with late life and sits in the 89-92 mph range. He also adds two solid secondary offerings in a curveball and change-up, and he locates his pitches well. He repeats his delivery well and still has some projection left. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99
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51s ANNOUNCE SEASON AWARDS FOR 2013 CAMPAIGN

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LAS  VEGAS: The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team, in their 31st season as a member of the  Pacific Coast League (PCL) and Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets,  announced today the 2013 season awards for the players.

51s President/COO Don Logan announced the following awards: Mayor’s  Trophy: Infielder Wilmer FloresMost Valuable Player: Infielder/Outfielder Eric Campbell; Most Valuable  Pitcher: Left-hander Justin  Hampson; Community Service Award: Catcher Kai Gronauer. 

The Mayor’s Trophy has  been given annually since 1983 and is voted on by the fans. The previous winners  of the Mayor’s Trophy:

1983: Harry Dunlop,  manager                                                                 1998: George Arias, INF

1984: Rick Lancellotti,  OF                                                                       1999: Rico Rossy, INF

1985: John Kruk, 1B/OF - PCL  batting champion                                2000: Greg LaRocca, INF

1986: Tim Pyznarksi, INF                                                                       2001: Chris Prieto, OF

1987: Steve Garcia, INF                                                                           2002: Luke Allen, OF

1988: Joey Cora, INF                                                                              2003: Joe Thurston, 2B

1989: Jerald Clark, OF                                                                            2004: Rick Bell, 3B

1990: Joey Cora, INF                                                                              2005: Cody Ross, OF

1991: Jose Mota, INF                                                                             2006: Delwyn Young, OF

1992: Jim Vatcher, OF                                                                            2007: John Lindsey, INF

1993: Brian Johnson, C                                                                           2008: John Lindsey, INF

1994: Luis Lopez, INF                                                                            2009: Randy Ruiz, INF

1995: Ira Smith, OF                                                                                 2010: J.P. Arencibia, C

1996: Rico Rossy, INF                                                                           2011: David Cooper, INF

1997: Doug Dascenzo, OF                                                                      2012: Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

                                                                                        

Wilmer Flores (Mayor’s  Trophy):Flores appeared in 107 games at Triple-A Las  Vegas and batted .321 (136-for-424) and leads the team in doubles (36), home  runs (15), RBI (86), runs scored (69), multiple-hit games (37) and extra-base  hits (55). He compiled a season-high 13-game hitting streak (June 19 – July 2)  and batted .368 (21-for-57) over that stretch and was a season-best 5-for-6, two  doubles, RBI vs. Fresno on July 2 and was  4-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI vs. Tucson on July 11. He was named to the PCL  all-Star Team on July 2 and was promoted to the Mets on August 6. Flores  recorded his first Major League hit against Colorado on August 7 (2-for-4, double, 3 RBI) and his  first Major League home run was at Arizona on August 11 (2-for-4). He has  appeared in 18 games for the Mets and is batting .250 (16-for-64) with three  doubles, home run and 11 RBI.

Eric Campbell (Most  Valuable Player): The infielder/outfielder  has appeared in 116 games and is batting .307 (101-for-329) with 23 doubles, 3  triples, 8 home runs, 63 RBI and leads the team in games played, walks (64),  stolen bases (12-for-16), HBP (10) and leads the PCL in On Base Percentage  (.430).

Campbell has compiled 30  multiple-hit games and recorded a season-high 9-game hitting streak (July 12-25)  and batted .520 (13-for-25) over that stretch. He has played 24 games at first  base, 28 games at third base and 54 games in the outfield. He has provided many  clutch hits throughout the season and delivered two walk-off hits in extra  innings over a three-day span against Fresno on August 21 and 23 at Cashman  Field.

He batted .538  (7-for-13), four doubles against New Orleans (August 12-15); batted .556 (5-for-9) vs. Tucson (July 11-13) and batted .500 (5-for-10) vs. Reno (July 22-25). He was 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI  vs. Round Rock on May 10; 3-for-3, 2 RBI at Omaha (May 16); 3-for-4, walk, three-run HR at Fresno (June 3) and 2-for-4, double, 4 RBI at Tucson (June 19).

Justin Hampson (Most  Valuable Pitcher): Hampson leads the PCL in  appearances (62) and has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the staff.  He has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.29 ERA and has recorded two saves (vs.  Fresno, July 3 & at Colorado Springs, August  26). He has allowed 75 hits and struck out 56 batters in 65.2 innings pitched.  He has posted victories against Fresno (April 8),  Albuquerque (May 11), Colorado Springs (June 15), Tucson (July 11), Sacramento (July 27) and SaltLake (August  20).

Kai Gronauer (Community  Service Award): Gronauer is the  recipient of the community service award.   He has participated in various kids events, school visits, team autograph  sessions, charity functions and pre-game events throughout the  season.

Gronauer has appeared in  16 games for Triple-A Las Vegas and is batting .265 (9-for-34) with three  doubles, home run and 4 RBI. He belted his first Triple-A home run (two-run HR)  at Tacoma on June 28 and was 1-for-2, walk, RBI  double off left-hander Dontrelle  Willis at SaltLake on August 18. He was  also 2-for-4, double vs. Round Rock on May 8.

The most valuable player  and most valuable pitcher were chosen by the 51s coaching staff and  the community service award was chosen by the 51s front office.
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End Of Season Stats - GCL Mets - Pitching

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PlayerWLERAGGSCGSHOSVIPHRERHRHBBBSOWHIPHLDGF
Marcos Molina434.3911610053.15631263714431.3100
Gaby Almonte322.3110700046.24315123519341.3302
Octavio Acosta122.289600043.1311211238400.9003
Yoryi Nuez223.8911700139.13821170922321.5302
Casey Meisner133.0610400035.13117120110281.1604
Andrew Church335.919600035.0492623228191.6300
Craig Missigman043.959300027.1261312337221.2103
Waldo Rodriguez122.4916000025.1251371110131.3815
Gaither Bumgardner224.6818000325.02814130210231.52211
Ramon Estevez016.6515000021.22417161416121.8504
Lenny Rosario126.526200019.11814140514201.6601
Jose Celas024.264300019.015109029101.2600
Ty Williams036.8911000015.2191512228111.7215
Dan Herrmann049.609100015.0182116151982.4721
Cameron Griffin003.7713000514.11566117141.53010
Michael Fulmer113.002200012.0944011130.8300
Brandon Welch000.824100011.063100260.7310
Hansel Robles014.222200010.2126502251.3100
Jose Encarnacion0010.241100019.21311110416103.0003
Ryan Chapman104.70700007.2444011061.8313
Christian Montgomery0010.50300006.089701572.1702
Jenrry Mejia003.18220005.284200231.7600
Frank Francisco021.80540005.052110071.0000
Scott Atchison014.50220002.031100031.5000
Jon Niese004.50110002.034100011.5000
Brent McMinn000.00100001.011000112.0000
Tim Byrdak000.00110001.000000111.0000
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End Of Season Stats - GCL Mets - Hitting

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Individual Stats (Batting) (click column headers to sort)
PlayerPOSGABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVGOPSE
Alex MachillandaC8282103002130801.357.464.357.8210
Ruben TejadaSS3913100240500.400.444.333.8440
Travis d'ArnaudC622473005101200.348.455.318.8021
Jhoan Urena3B4715719476302059133441.351.376.299.72717
Dominic Smith1B4816723489132268243724.384.407.287.7916
Leon Canelon2B4715125426212155113271.327.364.278.6923
Luis GuillormeSS4115922414001145171764.337.283.258.6208
Luis ArrizurietaC18445113004142530.298.318.250.6163
Wuilmer BecerraOF5217321426012551206056.351.295.243.6462
Jose GarciaC3911811271001228122310.311.237.229.5486
Vicente LupoLF3710913244141542135043.310.385.220.6951
Ivan WilsonOF47160163543115482265132.321.300.219.6216
Branden Kaupe2B411312028000328293381.354.214.214.56810
Jean Rodriguez2B4615519326101740133642.265.258.206.52315
Oswald CaraballoCF441231324930123991912.259.317.195.5762
Brandon Brosher1B22611011103621122312.324.344.180.6690
Brian Harrison1B72815100461101.200.214.179.4140
Cory VaughnOF929451201109920.359.345.172.7040
Elvis Sanchez1B205556102413122200.290.236.109.5263
Manuel Hilario1B51011000110500.100.100.100.2000
Lucas DudaLF41310000103800.188.000.000.1880
Justin Turner1B1400000001200.200.000.000.200
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Mack Ade – AM Report – 8-31-13 – Tom Seaver, Daniel Murphy, Gonzalez Germen, Linda Ronstadt

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mets - tom seaver 2Tom Seaver on Matt Harvey

"Naturally, I felt terrible for the kid. He’s got such a bright future. But at the same time, all I could think of was how it just goes to show how all this babying of pitchers — pitch counts and innings limits — is a bunch of nonsense. You can’t predict these things, and there’s really not a whole lot you can do to prevent them other than refining your mechanics as (’60s and ’70s Mets pitching coach) Rube Walker did with us. But one way I know doesn’t do anything to prevent them is babying these kids like they do."

                Mack – I couldn’t agree more.

Pitchers were put on the mound to do one thing and one thing only and they were taught early on that the more you through, the stronger your arm became. Sure, there were exercises for your legs and other parts of your bodies, but it was your am that got you to the mound and it would be your arm that kept you there.

Everybody that has ever thrown 100 baseballs at full speed has some kind of arm soreness two days later. You can translate this into curling five reps of 50 pounds in the weight room. Trust me, you’ll feel it two days later.

It would be interesting is baseball lined up their entire pitching staff on the day after the season ended and had them take an MRI. You’d probably find, what they call, a shit load of ‘tears’ in your ulnar collateral ligament.

Joe D over at http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/could-an-april-1st-return-be-possible-for-harvey.html wrote an interesting piece on comments Keith Law made regarding this. He brought up a treatment that Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal used with something called PRP. Give it a read… it’s quite interesting.

Look, there isn’t a ‘partial’ tear in the world that you won’t find two doctors having two different opinions on this issue. Harvey himself said he has felt this ‘soreness’ for quite a while so we have no idea when this ‘tear’ happened? Could it be last year? What about the year he pitched 150+ pitches in college?

All I know is he was ranked second in ERA with all these ‘problems’ and his velo never went down.

My vote is for some down time, the PRP treatment, and a return to Extended Camp in January.

 

mets - daniel murphyLet’s just slow down a little here on the ‘Wilmer Flores for second base’ train and take another look at Daniel Murphy. Is Flores ever going to hit more than .280? Is Flores ever going to hit more clutch hits than Murphy? And is Flores ever going to make less errors than Murphy? It seems to me that the only thing going for Flores right now is his age, which may mean nothing now that Dilson Herrera is in the organization. If Herrera is everything everyone says he is, keeping Murphy and David Wright 2-3 in the lineup for the next couple of years won’t be the worst thing this team ever decides to do. We are working with a small sample, but, so far, our kiddie corp of superstars (Flores-d’Arnaud- Den Decker)are 19-97. For me, Flores is young enough to withstand a utility role in 2014, playing 1B, 2B, and 3B behind Davis (whomever), Murphy, Wright, and hitting DH in the AL games. I’m sure Mike… Terry Collins can work out 200+ at bats for him. I’m like the Mets to concentrate their available dollars on shortstop and the outfield. That’s where the most need is.

 

mets - gonzalez germenMetsBlog - The Mets have discussed giving Gonzalez Germen a few road opportunities this September to be the team’s closer, Andy Martino reports for the Daily News.

First of all, you always have to be careful about what Andy Martino writes. A conversation with him could easily be:

                Martino – can you see using Germen in September as a closer?

                Someone in the range of a Mets official to the ticket guy – sure, anything could happen

                Thus, the headline

The fact is the Mets must plan on Bobby Parnell not being ready on opening day 2014. I’ve had herniated discs so I assume the reason no surgery has taken place let is they are still determining if the shots and treatments can help enough. If not, he will go under the knife late and could be lost for the entire season.

Either way, you have to now start putting a bullpen to paper and, on mine, are the names David Aardsma, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Vic Black, Germen, and Carlos Torres. I’m not big on old guys and I would hope that Sandy Alderson can find at least one more good lefty burner for this pen.

I would also go into spring training and tell pitchers like Darin Gorski, Logan Verrett, and Jake deGrom that there is one more pen slot open and it’s their job to secure it.

Based on all this, Black would be my closer, my LOOGY would be Edgin and my ROOGY would be Germen.

 

Eric Young with the Mets: .255/.329/.335

Eric Young in the majors: .260/.329/.340




Las Vegas SP Jake deGrom has been benched with ‘mild shoulder tightness’. I assume we have seen the last of him and he will not pitch in the Vegas playoffs, nor should we see him in Queens this month. He was close to his innings limit (COUGH… pussies… COUGH) and was going to be shut down anyway.


 

 RIP - Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt

The first thing to know about Linda Ronstadt is that if you ring the bell at her home here, on a sedate street with views of the ocean, she’ll answer the door herself. At least she did on a recent Monday morning. “I can’t do it, because of my health,” Ms. Ronstadt said. “I have Parkinson’s.” (The news was first reported in the AARP Magazine online on Aug. 23.) She held out a slightly trembling hand. Her vocal cords are also affected. “I can’t sing at all,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I’m truly not able. I can’t sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ really.Every time Emmy comes to town, I wish I could get up on stage with her,” Ms. Ronstadt said. “I know I’d be allowed to, but I can’t do it.” Instead she will sit in the audience “and think the notes I’d be singing” in earlier times.“I have no choice,” she added, withheld passion at last surging to the surface, just as it does in the songs she made her own. “If there was something I could work on, I’d work on it till I could get it back. If there was a drug I could take to get it back, I would take the drug. I’d take napalm. But I’m never going to sing again.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/arts/music/linda-ronstadt-discusses-her-memoir-and-parkinsons.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&smid=tw-nytimes

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The Padres rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to defeat the 51s, 3-1, in the opener of the four-game series before a Fireworks Night crowd of 8,190 at Cashman Field...left fielder Mike Wilson broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run, home run for the Padres...Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan recorded the victory and pitched 8 innings and allowed 6 hits, 1 run, walked 2 and struck out 3...Las Vegas leads the Pacific Southern Division by 2 games over Sacramento (78-63) with 3 games to play...Las Vegas' magic number to clinch a spot in the PCL Playoffs is 1...Game two of the season-ending series over the Labor Day weekend is Saturday at 7:05 p.m.




Tucson Padres (75-66) 3, Las Vegas 51s (80-61) 1 August 30, 2013



























































 



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Tucson

0



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0



0



0



0



0



3



3



6



2


Las Vegas

0



0



0



0



1



0



0



0



0



1



6



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Tucson

AVG



AB



R



H



2B



3B



HR



RBI



BB



SO



PO



A


Decker, CF

.290



3



1



1



0



0



0



0



1



2



3



0


Robertson, RF

.288



3



0



1



0



0



0



0



0



1



1



0


Anna, 2B

.334



4



1



2



1



0



0



1



0



0



4



5


Blanks, LF

.237



3



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



1



1



0


  Wilson, M, LF

.282



1



1



1



0



0



1



2



0



0



0



0


Allen, 1B

.267



4



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



2



9



1


Petit, G, SS

.287



4



0



1



0



0



0



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0



1



2



2


Moore, S, 3B

.268



3



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



2



1



2


Robinson, Ch, C

.316



3



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



6



0


O'Sullivan, P

.333



3



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



1



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2


  Boxberger, P

.000



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0


Totals

.282



31



3



6



1



0



1



3



1



10



27



12


BATTING 2B: Anna (38, Montero). HR: Wilson, M (7, 9th inning off Hampson, 1 on, 1 out). RBI: Anna (73), Wilson, M 2 (42). SAC: Robertson (off Hampson). Team RISP: 1-for-3. Team LOB: 3.
FIELDING E: Anna (11), Robertson (7). DP: 3 (Moore, S-Anna-Allen 2, O'Sullivan-Petit, G-Allen).

 
 


























































































































































































































































Las Vegas

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2B



3B



HR



RBI



BB



SO



PO



A


Nieuwenhuis, CF

.250



4



0



2



0



0



0



1



0



0



1



0


Tejada, R, SS

.291



3



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



3


Baxter, RF

.287



4



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



1



0


Lutz, Z, 3B

.291



4



0



2



0



0



0



0



0



1



1



0


Campbell, 1B

.304



3



0



0



0



0



0



0



1



1



9



1


Lawley, LF

.364



2



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



1



1



0


  Hoffmann, LF

.272



1



0



0



0



0



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0



1



0



0


Hicks, 2B

.287



4



0



0



0



0



0



0



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2



4



2


Centeno, C

.300



2



1



2



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0



1



0



10



2


Montero, P

.130



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0



0



0



0



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0



0



0



0



0


  Byrdak, P

.000



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0


  a-Gronauer, PH

.257



1



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0


  Burke, P

.000



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0


  Hampson, P

.000



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0



0


Totals

.287



29



1



6



0



0



0



1



2



6



27



8


a-Grounded into a double play for Byrdak in the 7th.
BATTING RBI: Nieuwenhuis (37). SAC: Montero (off O'Sullivan), Tejada, R (off O'Sullivan). GIDP: Hicks, Lawley, Gronauer. Team RISP: 1-for-8. Team LOB: 6.

 
 




















































Tucson

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H



R



ER



BB



SO



HR



BF


O'Sullivan (W, 8-5)

3.83



8.0



6



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2



3



0



31


Boxberger (S, 5)

3.61



1.0



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0



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3



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3


Totals

4.55



9.0



6



1



1



2



6



0



34



 
 












































































Las Vegas

ERA



IP



H



R



ER



BB



SO



HR



BF


Montero

3.05



6.1



3



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0



1



8



0



22


Byrdak

0.00



0.2



0



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0



0



1



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2


Burke

4.70



1.0



0



0



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0



1



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3


Hampson (BS, 8)(L, 6-4)

3.65



1.0



3



3



3



0



0



1



6


Totals

4.65



9.0



6



3



3



1



10



1



33



 
 
Team ER: off Tucson 1, off Las Vegas 3. BB: off O'Sullivan 2 (Campbell, Centeno), off Montero (Decker). SO: by O'Sullivan 3 (Lutz, Z, Lawley, Hicks), Boxberger 3 (Campbell, Hoffmann, Hicks), by Montero 8 (Decker, Robertson, Blanks, Allen, Petit, G, Moore, S, Moore, S, Decker), Byrdak (Allen), Burke (O'Sullivan). HB: Lawley (by O'Sullivan). Pitches-strikes: O'Sullivan 99-65, Boxberger 13-9, Montero 88-59, Byrdak 11-7, Burke 8-6, Hampson 16-10. Umpires: HP: Joel Hospodka. 1B: Tom Woodring. 3B: Gerard Ascani. Official Scorer: Jim Gemma. Weather: 88 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 5 mph, R to L. T: 2:26. Att: 8,190. Venue: Cashman Field. August 30, 2013

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