Michael Baron | Just Mets- The Mets are 40 percent through their regular season schedule, having won 36 of their first 66 games with 96 games remaining. But since they started their season 13-3, the club has gone 23-27 in 50 games since. The Mets are obviously not an .812 team, but they’re probably not a .460 team, either. The question is, who, or what are the Mets? Perhaps the Mets are more like the 86-76 record they’ve posted over their last 162 games. Good enough to make some noise, but not quite good enough to push through the wall to the playoffs this season. Maybe they’re the team that’s on pace for 88 wins in 2015, which may be just enough to earn a playoff berth in this tremendously uninspiring National League East.
(Chris Soto: What we have seen over the past few days is what the Mets are...A team that, when pitching well, can win games at a 65% clip. However, when the SP is not there, they are going to have a hard time competing. The team was in the game yesterday but Akeel Morris was not ready for the big time and allowed the game to get out of reach. Just chalk that one up to a tired bullpen and come out swinging today.)
Anthony DiComo | MLB.com- In a way, the roster move the Mets made after Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays was a demotion for Akeel Morris. In another way, it was a promotion. After Morris gave up three hits, three walks and five runs to the Blue Jays in his big league debut, becoming the 12th U.S. Virgin Islands native to pitch in the Majors, the Mets optioned the right-hander to Double-A Binghamton. That's two steps lower than the big leagues, but a step above Class A Advanced St. Lucie, where the club's No. 19 prospect was playing before the Mets summoned him last week. "I just said, 'Get 'em next time,'" Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And there will be a next time. He's got great stuff."
(Chris Soto: Akeel was not ready for the MLB.....how could he be? He was just facing 19-21 year olds in Florida a few days ago. Toronto's #9 hitter in the MLB's top offense is leaps and bounds better than anything he has faced in Port St. Lucie. Give him some time to grow some more, he's gonna be a good talent in the future.)
Drew Silva | NBC Sports- Good news here for the battered Mets infield…According Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that Daniel Murphy is on track to be activated from the disabled list next Tuesday. Murphy is eligible to return Saturday, but the Mets want him to play in a few minor league rehab games before they activate him. He’s currently participating in extended spring training exhibition games in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
(Chris Soto: Nice....the team's offense is almost back to 100% health. Having Murphy back is going to be a nice upgrade at 3B over Ruben Tejada offensively. After his hot beginnings in the starting role, Tejada has fallen back down to earth. Over the past 9 games he's has a measly .182 AVG with a .543 OPS. Getting Murphy's .280 AVG and .750 OPS back towards the top of the line-up should also send Lagares' sub .700 OPS back where it belows as the #7 hitter.)