Spring Training Results
New York Mets 8 - 2 Atlanta Braves (Box Score)
- CF Juan Lagares: 1 for 2, R, 2B, BB
- SS Matt Reynolds: 2 for 3, 2 R, RBI(1)
- C Johnny Monell: 1 for 3, R, HR(1), 3 RBI(3), K
- LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 4 for 4, R, RBI(1)
- RHSP Dillon Gee: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB
- RHRP Jon Velasquez: Win, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
(Chris Soto: It's nice to finally listen to a live game! We got a bit of a scare when Flores was HBP in the wrist but all reports say that he is fine and taking him out was precautionary. Nieuwenhuis made an early statement that he deserves that 5th OF spot with a 4 for 4 day and Reynolds also showed us that maybe he deserves to be Flores' back-up, not Tejada. Monell is going to give Recker a run for his money offensively, but, the back-up catcher position is more about being a solid defensive replacement and having comfort with the rotation. Recker definitely has a leg up in that department.)
Igor Mello | cbssports.com “Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters there's barely any dialogue between other clubs about potential trades for pitcher Dillon Gee, who was on the block during the winter meetings. Gee is scheduled to start Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener against Atlanta, though he's slated to start the regular season as a long reliever. "I think most clubs, including ours, are focused on what's going on in camp and evaluating what they already have," Alderson said, per ESPN. "If there's going to be any significant trade talk, I think typically it's going to happen later in spring training, unless there's an injury of some sort. By and large, I think that comes more in the second half of spring training."
(Herb G. So much for the Gee for Profar rumors! Or is it? If Alderson is anything, it is cagey. He just might deny that anything was going on while engaging in talks. If the Mets could get an elite prospect like Profar, if indeed you can still call him a prospect, it would be a steal. Sure, there is some risk with Profar, but as good as Gee is as a back of the rotation starter, he is excess baggage on a Mets team bursting at the seams with high quality young arms.)
Kristie Ackert | nydailynews.com “On Wednesday morning, David Wright apologized to Noah Syndergaard. The Mets captain made headlines Tuesday when he scolded the team's top pitching prospect for eating lunch in the clubhouse during an intrasquad scrimmage. Wright was not sorry for the message he sent, just that he delivered it "within earshot," of the press. "Now he has to answer questions, I have to answer questions, (Mets manager) Terry (Collins) has to answer questions, that's not the way that I like to handle things," Wright said. "I wasn't aware of my surroundings. As far as the content of it, I think that's something that I think Noah did an excellent job understanding the situation, he was very remorseful of the situation."
(Herb G. This really reflects well on The Captain. His handling of the situation when it occurred on Wednesday was totally appropriate. It will not only aid in Thor’s development as a player, it will extend to all the other young players in major league camp, whether they wind up on the team or not. But his handling of the aftermath shows true class. It takes a big man to apologize, when he knows what he did was correct, but the way in which it was done could have been different. Wright’s stature only increases in the eyes of his teammates as a result of actions like these.)
Mike Puma | nypost.com “Former player Billy Bean made an appearance Tuesday at Mets camp in his new role as MLB’s ambassador for inclusion. Bean, who is gay, said his early retirement from the game was tied to never feeling fully accepted by teammates.
Bean, who is touring various camps this spring, wore a Mets uniform and participated in workouts. “I disagree with his lifestyle,” Daniel Murphy told NJ.com. “I do disagree with the fact he is homosexual. That doesn’t mean I can’t still invest in him and get to know him. I don’t think the fact someone is homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect.” “Maybe as a Christian … we haven’t been articulate enough in describing what our actual stance is on homosexuality. We love the people. We disagree with the lifestyle.”
Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork “New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will no longer address his religious beliefs and will stick to baseball, a team spokesman said Wednesday.”
(Herb G. Murphy is certainly entitled to his opinion. His stance may indeed reflect the views of many other ballplayers. However, the headlines - e.g. “Daniel Murphy Disapproves of MLB Ambassador’s Gay Lifestyle” - purport Murphy to be something of a redneck, a bigot. Obviously, someone in the front office spoke to Murph about his comments, and thought enough of it to issue the statement above, quoted by Adam Rubin. I hope this doesn’t carry over into the season or affect Murphy’s play. The Mets have great expectations for Murphy, hoping his bat will help propel them into contention and/or that he might bring a high return should they decide to trade him in mid-season.)
David Schoenfeld | espn.com “To be fair, New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler isn't the first pitcher to complain about infield shifts. Back in September of 2013, A.J. Burnett exchanged words with shortstop Clint Barmes but told the assembled media the next day, "Listen, I did not have a problem with Clint! I do not have a problem with Clint! I had a problem with the f****** shift! We play people in the wrong spot!" Over the weekend, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference and mentioned a pitcher on his staff wasn't happy when shifts were employed. On Monday, Wheeler admitted he was the guy, telling NJ.com, "I don't want to piss anybody off but, honestly, I don't like it.”
(Herb G. Wheeler has a legitimate beef. He is a ground ball pitcher, and when he is on the mound and the shift is employed against left handed batters, his BAA is has risen, albeit with a very small sample. I am not a fan of the shift in general. I cannot understand why lefties don’t slash the ball to the opposite field, or even bunt hard down the third base line and take the hit that is being given to them. But I must admit, it seems that most of the sluggers, against whom it is used, continue to try to blast the ball to right field, and when it is on the ground, the infielders are well positioned to get the out. Nonetheless, if I were Collins, I would placate Wheeler and play the shift less frequently when he is pitching.)