Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Facts that came in before Monday’s game:
Lucas Duda is 2nd (42) all time in HBP in Mets history, Wright is 1st (45)
Daniel Murphy is 20 hits away from tying Keith Hernandez for 12th all- time in Mets history
Jon Niese has 72 quality starts since 2012, tied for the 6th most in the National League.
The Mets have not lost a game at home on a Monday yet this season. They are 4-0 and 9-3 overall on Mondays in 2015
Steven Matz tentatively scheduled to begin rehab assignment on Saturday
Ex-Mack’s Mets writer David Groveman wrote about Dilson Herrera –
2B – Despite spending parts of 2014 and 2015 in the majors, it’s easy to forget that Herrera is only 21 years old. In AAA, Herrera has done it all, he’s displayed a fair amount of speed, considerable power and a quick bat that has generated a .342 batting average. His one weakness is currently his eye. He has only walked 17 times in 225 at bats. The good news here is that he isn’t striking out so often as to be a problem.
Mack – I still have Herrera projected as one of my top prospects and the future second baseman of the Mets though I did wish he represented himself a little better when he spent some time in Queens this season.
Still, what happened if Wilmer Flores continues to improve on his game and the Mets go outside the organization for their shortstop needs?
Middle infielders and outfielders. Some things just don’t seem to change when it comes to the Mets needs.
It amazed me how cruel the Twitter faithful were last night during the Mets loss to Tampa. The team was still going to finish the night one and one half games in first place and just won seven out of nine games, but you would think that not a single thing positive had happened since the All-Star break. I follow, out of respect, everybody that follows me on Twiiter, but it’s sometimes hard to read what is said after certain players make out during a game. My assumption is most of these fans are young, but that’s only my assumption. What they do tend to have in common is their invisibility which allows them to say anything they want. It’s just sometimes hard to take.
Brian Devine wrote about Bartolo Colon:
Mack – I truly believe that we have seen the best of Colon this season and, when (if) Steven Matz comes back, consideration has the given to replacing Colon with him and keeping the five man rotation… or going six man with the likes of Logan Verrett.
Lastly, you could stretch out Sean Gilmartin and put Colon in the bullpen for the remainder of the pennant race.
He’s simply not a consistent successful starter anymore.
The Mets will not respond to the Nats’ trash talking:
Bryce Harper - “give a crap about what the Mets are doing.”
Jayson Werth - “it’s our division to lose, it’s a matter of time, really.”
Terry Collins - “I love Bryce Harper.”
David Wright - “nonsense”
Matt Harvey - “We’re just keeping our head down and staying focused here in our clubhouse. If we go out and put up runs and keep pitching the way we are, we’re going to be just fine.”
I see this as the correct response by a team that could easily fall back behind the Nationals and never recover. Keep your mouths shut and play ball.