Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Mets have a day off today.
Rafael Montero got back on the mound prior to Terry Collins visit and threw two scoreless innings (1-H, 1-K, 0-BB) while rehabbing for the GCL Mets. Many of us (especially Stephen Guilbert) are big fans of this kid and no one would fit the teams need for a spot starter during the rest of the season more than Montero. We’ll follow his (hopefully) ascent through the affiliates and report it here each morning. Expect double coverage by the Brennan-man.
Matt Harvey –
Mack – I never expected to see Harvey as the positive spokesman for this team. I pictured him the silent, sullen type, sitting alone at the end of the bench or just with a couple of his fellow starters surrounding him sort of like a protective shield. It’s nice to see he’s buying into all this Mets shit.
David Wright is expected to play in a GCL-Mets game on Monday.
Bob Sugar asked –
Mack, Since the trades and the recent surge in wins and excitement around Terry Collins has been front and center in front of the mike and cameras. Has your opinion of him as the leader of this club changed? Do you feel that he can lead us to the playoffs?
Mack – An interesting question.
I think TC now has the working pieces to get this team to the playoffs. Now all he has to figure out is who to insert in the lineup every day.
There’s at least more than one option at every position right now and I agree with his philosophy of playing the hot bat. I also accredit to him 100% the resurgence of Lucas Duda.
You can’t fire a manager if they take you to the playoffs for the first time in a thousand years.
The Jerry Blevens setback is unfortunate; however, I expect the Mets to survive this one. What I did find interesting was the fact that Sandy Alderson was well aware of the mishap before he signed LHRP Eric O’Flaherty to a contract. What he didn’t know was the extent of the injury.
Tom Brennan will tell you who the solution to this problem should be. We all know how difficult it is to deal up goose eggs in Las Vegas but it doesn’t seem to be a problem to LHRP Dario Alvarez. His stat line for his last 10 games are: 1-0, 0.00, 8.1-IP, 3-H, 15-K.
One last thought on Blevens. The trip on the curb could have cost him a 2016 contract with the Mets. We’ll just have to wait this one out.
Fact: SS Gavin Cecchini led all Minor League players with 48 hits in the month of July. 29
July games: .387/.453/.532 with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 21 runs, and 18 RBI with 15/17 BB/SO