- That was a nice win, wasn't it. If you were at all surprised about how well Bartolo Colon pitched yesterday afternoon, then you weren't paying much attention last season. In 31 starts last season, Colon held opponents to 3 runs or fewer in 21 of them resulting in all 15 of his wins. His 5.03 to 1 K:BB ratio was 5th best in baseball last season which was among the most elite of pitchers. He may not be the sexiest of pitchers, but the man gets the job done, and with an improved offense he may be poised for another 15 win season.
(Chris Soto: Let's not panic yet about Mejia. Remember, he did have surgery to clean out his elbow due to a bone spur so maybe it's just a re-occurence that can be treated for now. Generally ligament injuries in the elbow area do not manifest themselves IN the elbow. Usually the first signs of pain are in the tricep/bicep/forearm areas. )
Kristie Ackert | New York Daily News- Lucas Duda did not get a contract extension Monday, but he may be making himself even more valuable to the Mets by waiting. Duda’s agent and the Mets tabled discussions late Sunday night and will likely not resume them until after the season. Duda said he was not disappointed and that he just wants to concentrate on helping the Mets win in 2015.
(Chris Soto: From a business standpoint, it is in Duda's best interest to not sign an extension at this time. If he can duplicate his 2014 performance, he should be able to get close to $9M+ next season via arbitration. Duda is already 29 years old, so any extension is going to lock up his remaining prime years which will limit his marketability when he does eventually become a free agent.)
Fred Kerber | New York Post- It worked, so it looked like genius. The Mets lineup — with David Wright hitting second, with Juan Lagares hitting sixth — was meant to supply a means to get at the likes of Washington’s Max Scherzer. “The goal is to maximize run production and the lineup is geared to do that,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.
(Chris Soto: The line-up looked....odd...to say the least. However, the massive criticism that was coming from #MetsTwitter before the game even starting was unwarranted. It didn't look pretty at first, but, Scherzer is an elite starter. No matter what the line-up was last night I'm not sure it would have made a difference. However, you do need to give credit where credit is due. Duda was placed in the right spot in the line-up, to come up to bat at the right time of the game, to deliver the big blow that the team needed to win. Like Mack said a week or so ago...."with all the pitching this team has, all you need to do is score one more run than the other guys.")