Joe D | Metsmerized Online- Michael Cuddyer exited Tuesday’s game against the Cubs in the seventh inning with a sore left knee, the team reported. He was replaced in left field by fourth outfielder Darrell Ceciliani and was 0-for-2 before departing. “It had progressively gotten tighter to the point where I had to say something,” Cuddyer said. He will undergo an MRI on Wednesday after which the Mets will decide if he needs to go on the DL. “I’m definitely concerned, but honestly, I don’t jump to conclusions until after we see that MRI,” Cuddyer said. “Then we’ll deal with whatever it is.”
(Chris Soto: This is not good...as if the Mets weren't already hamstrung offensively, potentially losing Cuddyer knocks another middle of the order bat out of the line-up. If Cuddyer's MRI comes back and shows something significant, it may be the last push Sandy needs to go out and force an overpay trade. There has been a lot of grumblings about the Mets making a run for Athletics OF Josh Reddick who is having a career season thanks to a vastly improved K rate and a new "all fields" approach.)
Mike Puma | New York Post- Jenrry Mejia is throwing heat, but hasn’t completed his time for the crime. The Mets reliever has impressed team brass with his raw stuff in the minors and appears ready to rejoin the major league club, according to manager Terry Collins, but his 80-game PED suspension isn’t scheduled to end until Tuesday.“He’s ready to go, ready to pitch here and he’s going to go out a couple of more times and then he’s going to come back,” Collins said before the Mets lost 1-0 to the Cubs at Citi Field. Collins said Mejia’s fastball has been in the 94-96 mph range, and his breaking ball has progressed. The plan calls for Mejia to assume a setup role, with Jeurys Familia remaining the closer.
(Chris Soto: Say what you want about Mejia and the PEDs, but he is going to be a sight for sore eyes when it comes to the 8th inning. Based on his performances so far, Mejia should be a massive boost in production over what the club has been getting from the mixture of the Torres brothers. If the Mets ever learn how to get to the 8th inning with a lead, at least fans can now feel comfortable handing it over to Mejia as the bridge to Familia.)
David Lennon | Newsday- Jon Niese, for as well as he's pitched lately, isn't Steven Matz. Nor is he Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom. And therein lies the problem. Anyone who talks to the Mets these days first asks about the Big Four and that's a non-starter in trade conversations. The young guns have been untouchable for a while now. The Mets probably need to stay in a six-man rotation until the end of July to bank some innings for a few of their starters. Eventually, trading Niese -- if he continues to pitch well -- could return a helpful bat if he's packaged with another piece.
(Chris Soto: Not in a rush....nor should he be....Sandy should not trade Niese, just to dump the salary or open a rotation spot. He has some real value to interested teams looking for a consistent mid rotation arm. Sure he's not the sexiest pitcher out there, but over his past 6 years he's been unbelievably consistent. Below are his xFIPs during his six year career with the club. xFIP takes into account a pitcher's performance minus defensive values added/shortcomings AND takes into account a normalize HR rate which has bit Niese in the butt this season.
I'm not sure how much more consistent you can get than that. He's averaged a value in the +2.0 WAR area every season as well. Based on this information as well as his age and contract situation, I'm going put together a post to evaluate each team's pitching situation and lay down some reasonable trades in my opinion.)